Google disagrees with US protection order for companies linked to lawsuit
Google Alphabet and the US Department of Justice failed to agree on a protection order for third parties like Microsoft that provided data to the government for its lawsuit against the search and advertising giant.
Google is pushing for two in-house attorneys to have access to the sensitive data, while the Justice Department and state attorneys general involved in the lawsuit disagree, Google said in a court document on Friday.
Google stated that it needed the information to prepare an effective defense. He offered to ensure that any confidential information is available only to two in-house attorneys at Google’s outside attorney offices or otherwise secure, adding that he would report any disclosures immediately.
The government said in a separate filing that allowing Google attorneys to review “strategic plans related to rival voice assistants and other commercially sensitive information” was dangerous because they could misuse the information to crush potential competition.
The government also said highly confidential files in the latest major tech antitrust case, which involved Microsoft About 20 years ago, they were only available to outside attorneys for the company.
Companies whose documents are in dispute in the Google case also include Oracle, AT&T, Amazon.com, Comcast, and others. They have until next Friday to make their proposals on the terms of a protection order.
Judge Amit Mehta of the US District Court for the District of Columbia is hearing the Department of Justice case against Google. The government sued Google in October, accusing the trillion-dollar company of illegally using its market power to hamper rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of big technology in decades.