New York - A federal judge, who found Apple liable for
conspiring to fix e-book prices, entered an injunction on Friday intended to
bar the iPad maker from further antitrust violations.
US District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said Apple
could not enter into agreements with five major US publishers that would impede
its ability to reduce e-book retail prices or offer price discounts.
The judge also ordered Apple to hire an external
compliance monitor for two years to supervise the company's antitrust
The final judgment will expire after five years, though
Cote's order allows for extensions in one-year increments if necessary.
The permanent injunction followed a 10 July ruling by
Cote finding Apple conspired with five publishers to undermine e-book pricing
established by the dominant retailer in the market, Amazon.com.