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By Diane Bartz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A lawyer representing Alphabet's (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc's Google in the search and advertising giant's litigation with the government, urged on Wednesday for the faster release of documents drafting the complaint against the company.
"We have to get access to this material. We have to know more about the contours of this material," said Google attorney John Schmidtlein in a status conference held by telephone.
Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for Columbia District hears the case in which the Justice Department accused the $ 1 trillion company in October of illegally using its market muscles to rival rivals in the greatest challenge to power and the world Big tech influence to hobble in decades.
Mehta, who said he wouldn't be surprised if a lawsuit took months, asked the Justice Department attorney if Google could quickly get a list of companies that gave the government information, how much information they gave each, and copies of Document requests.
Justice Department's Kenneth Dintzer made no promises, but added that what Google was asking "is not inappropriate".
Judge Mehta stated that Google would soon have a list of 100 potential witnesses. "It seems like you have a pretty good window on the government's case," he said.
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ :), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 and others who have supported the government are due to tell the court on Friday how their information will be handled.
Dintzer also noted that seven states investigating Google said in October that if they choose to file a lawsuit, they would want to consolidate their case with that of the government. Dintzer said the statement remained relevant.
Google is expected to respond to the government's complaint by December 21st.
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