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United States: judge considers that it is necessary to go to trial for the case against Google

United States: judge considers that it is necessary to go to trial for the case against Google

A federal judge declared Friday that the government’s antitrust case against Google for his advertising technology will go to trial in September, rejecting both sides’ request to rule in their favor as a matter of law.

The Department of Justice and Google They will present their arguments to request a summary judgment next week. But at a hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria on unrelated issues, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema told both sides that it is clear the case must go to trial.

A judge grants summary judgment only when the facts are not in dispute and a decision can be made as a matter of law. But Brinkema noted that it is clear that numerous facts are in dispute.

His decision was not unexpected

The lawsuit alleges that Google violated federal antitrust laws by creating a monopoly about the technology that drives online advertising.

The Justice Department had initially requested a jury trial to decide the case, but last week Brinkema canceled the jury trial and replaced it with a bench trial, meaning she will decide whether Google broke the law.

Google is awaiting a ruling from another District of Columbia judge on whether its popular search engine constitutes an illegal monopoly. The trial is scheduled for September 9.

Source: Gestion

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