Judge sets Nov. deadlines for U.S. antitrust case against Google

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google GOOGL.O is due to tell a district court how it will respond to a federal antitrust lawsuit by mid-November, with both sides making initial disclosures later in the month, said US Judge Amit Mehta in a brief order. Friday.

The US Department of Justice sued Google on October 20 in District of Columbia District Court, accusing the $ 1 trillion company of illegally using its market power to hamper rivals in the biggest challenge to power. and the influence of Big Tech in decades.

The federal government alleges that Google acted illegally to maintain its position in Internet search and advertising. Google has denied any wrongdoing.

At a status conference on Friday, John Schmidtlein, who represents Google, agreed to tell the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by November 13 whether the search and advertising giant plans to request that the matter be dismissed on summary judgment.

After a bit of a scuffle between government attorneys and Google, Judge Mehta said both sides are expected to make initial disclosures about potential witnesses and evidence that could be used at trial by November 20.

The judge asked the two sides to produce a status report on a protection order, which is typically sought to protect third parties like Google customers who provide evidence for the government, by November 6.

The judge also revealed personal links to Google, including a cousin who worked for the company and a friend who had been an executive there.

The next status conference was set for November 18.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; edited by Diane Craft

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-31 03:56:09.

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