Google and Microsoft clash over documents in US antitrust suit

Google and Microsoft clash over documents in US antitrust suit
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(July 30): Alphabet Inc.’s Google asked a federal judge to order Microsoft Corp. to hand over internal documents from certain executives that Google says it needs to defend a Justice Department’s monopoly lawsuit.

Google said in a court filing Thursday night in Washington that Microsoft refuses to search the files of 19 executives that are relevant to Google’s defense.

Microsoft is a key player in the Justice Department’s lawsuit, which accuses Google of abusing its dominance in internet search. The government says Google illegally used its power in the market to thwart competitive threats from rivals like Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

“No third party is more central to this litigation than Microsoft,” Google said in the filing.

Microsoft countered in a separate filing that Google’s request for documents is unreasonable and burdensome. Microsoft said it offered to collect documents from 27 individuals and that Google has proposed it provide information from an additional 28, for a total of 55.

The fight over documents comes as the two tech giants recently ended a yearslong truce during which they agreed not to aim their substantial lobbying firepower against each other.

The case is U.S. v. Google LLC, 20-cv-03010, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).