US judge to hear dispute over Google DOJ antitrust lawsuit protective order


A US judge said on Monday he’ll consider disagreements in a disputed order linked to the security of confidential data in the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit filed against Alphabet Inc’s Google unit.

US District Judge Amit Mehta led the government and Google to file by Friday “position statements outlining their respective positions on the disputed terms of a protective order.”

The two sides said on Friday they had failed to achieve an agreement about the best way to protect confidential data that was supplied to the authorities by third parties.

Google and the Justice Department said “a small number of significant issues remain in dispute.”

The Justice Department sued google on October the 20th, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally using its market muscle to hobble competitions, in the biggest challenge to the energy and sway of Big Tech in decades.

Google also said on Friday it wouldn’t file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit but would fight it in court.

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Mehta has set a November the 18th status conference on the suit.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington. Editing by Matthew Lewis.

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