Attorneys from the Justice Department and Alphabet’s Google struggled Thursday over whether the company should hand over the performance evaluation of executives whose government is considering serving as witnesses.
At the pre-trial hearing, Kenneth Dintzer gave an example of an executive in a speech by the Justice Department. He might say in his self-assessment that Google’s expertise in a certain area The market share has reached 85%, and his or her goal is to increase it. Ding Ce emphasized that the government does not want sensitive health or other personal information.
John Schmidtlein, who defended Google, said he found it difficult to believe that performance evaluation would obtain information that could break the antitrust case. He also said that he “never heard of” subpoenas for performance evaluation in antitrust cases.
Judge Amit Mehta (Amit Mehta) said that he wants to view the data from the personnel files of six people, and will read it and make a decision. He said: “I believe the government’s words may be related to these documents.”
The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google in October, accusing the company of taking illegal actions to maintain its position in search and search advertising on the Internet.
The national antitrust case filed last December accused Google of trying to extend its dominance to devices such as speakers, TVs and even smart cars.
The two cases were tried together.
The next pre-audit meeting is scheduled to be held at the end of June. The federal case is expected to start trial in September 2023.
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