Tech companies tied to Google Lawsuit are given more time to propose a protection order

Microsoft, Oracle and other companies that provided the US government with information for their antitrust lawsuit against Google by Alphabet were given more time Wednesday to propose a protection order for their confidential data.

The group, which also includes AT&T, Amazon, Comcast, Duck Duck Go, Sonos and T-Mobile US, had told Federal Judge Amit Mehta that they had no suggestions until Friday and requested an extension until November 20 . Mehta granted her request late Wednesday.

The Justice Department sued Google on October 20, charging it with $ 1 trillion (approximately 73,40,500 crores) of illegally using its market muscles to hobble rivals. This has been the biggest challenge to big tech’s power and influence in decades.

Google has announced that it will fight the lawsuit.

The parties working with the government said in a lawsuit that they provided information to Justice Department investigators, including business plans and strategies for competing with Google.

“One of the main concerns here is the extent to which Google employees (due to being named as a defendant in antitrust proceedings) have access to the most sensitive confidential business documents of the non-parties,” the companies said in a joint inquiry submitted to the court.

The companies wanted access to draft protection orders proposed by Google and the Justice Department, due Friday before drafting their own.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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