On Wednesday, a lawyer representing Alphabet’s Google in the search and advertising giant’s legal fight with the government pressed for a faster release of documents used to write the complaint against the company.
Google attorney John Schmidtlein in a status conference held by phone said that “We need to get access to that material. We need to know more about the contours of that material.”
Judge Amit Mehta of the US 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 hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.
Mehta asked the Justice Department’s attorney if Google could immediately be given a list of companies that gave information to the government, how much information each gave, and copies of any document requests.
The Justice Department’s Kenneth Dintzer made no promises but added that what Google asked for “is not unreasonable.” Judge Mehta added that the company would soon receive a list of 100 potential witnesses.
He said that “It seems like you’re going to have a pretty good window into the government’s case.”
Amazon, Microsoft, and others which assisted the government are to tell the court on Friday how they want their information treated.
Dintzer also mentioned that seven states probing Google said in October that if they opt to sue, they would want to consolidate their case with the government. Dintzer added that statement remained relevant.
Google is expected to file an answer to the government’s complaint before December 21.