According to Reuters, Google presses for quicker release of documents in lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A lawyer representing Alphabet Inc’s Google in the search and advertising giant’s legal battle with the government on Wednesday urged a faster release of documents used to write the complaint against the company.
“We need to access that material. We need to know more about the outline of that material, ”Google attorney John Schmidtlein said during a telephone status conference.
Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is hearing the case in which the Justice Department accused the $ 1 trillion company in October of illegally using its market muscle to limp rivals in the greatest challenge to power and influence from Big Tech in decades.
Mehta, who said he wouldn’t be surprised if a trial took months, asked the Justice Department attorney if Google could quickly get a list of companies that provided information to the government, how much information they provided, and copies of any document requests. .
Kenneth Dintzer of the Justice Department made no promises, but added that what Google asked is “not unreasonable”.
Judge Mehta noted that Google would soon receive a list of 100 potential witnesses. “Looks like you get a pretty good idea of the government’s case,” he said.
Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and others who have assisted the government must tell the court on Friday how they want their information to be handled.
Dintzer also noted that seven states that investigated Google in October said that if they choose to file a lawsuit, they want to consolidate their case with the government’s. Dintzer said that statement remained relevant.
Google is expected to respond to the government’s complaint by December 21.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by David Gregorio
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