ReutersNov 21, 2020 04:16:17 IST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc
The Justice Department, which sued the search and advertising giant in October, put at the core of its antitrust case the billions of dollars that Google paid to be the default search engine on Apple’s iPhones, and Apple noted in its filing that sensitive data was used to write the complaint.
The government is accusing Google of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in a lawsuit that is the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.
Google had offered to ensure that any confidential information would be made available solely to two in-house attorneys at the offices of Google’s outside counsel or in another secure manner, adding that it would promptly report any disclosure.
Apple, AT&T, Microsoft Corp
Mehta said this week that the trial could last for months.
Apple asked that only Google’s outside counsel be allowed to see any highly confidential data and not any in-house lawyers.
AT&T said in its filing that it would designate as “highly confidential” such documents as those which describe how their offerings in the market might be vulnerable to Google.
Apple said that it had already given the government data on its relationship with Google, and expected to be asked for more, including potentially the terms of deals that Apple struck with other search engines and Apple’s internal deliberations around negotiating the deals.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
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