WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) – The federal judge hearing the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google requested for additional data on Tuesday right before deciding if he will sanction the look for and promoting firm for allegedly abusing attorney-shopper privilege.

The division had asked for the sanction primarily based on Google’s “Connect with Care” program, which requested staff to add a lawyer to numerous e-mails. The government explained it was occasionally a “match” to defend communications that should really not have been guarded.

Judge Amit Mehta mentioned last 7 days that he was not certain he had the electrical power to sanction a business for actions taken prior to the lawsuit was submitted. go through much more Mehta on Tuesday requested the government and Google, which had opposed the sanction, to determine any situations that would buttress their arguments for or towards the sanction.

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Mehta also ordered Google to deliver a random sample of 210 of the 21,000 emails for evaluate.

“Upon finishing its assessment, the courtroom will determine no matter whether an get powerful disclosure of the complete established of the disputed emails or some other class of action is correct,” Mehta stated in his order.

The Justice Department submitted the lawsuit in opposition to Google in 2020, accusing it of violating antitrust law in its handling of its lookup small business. Trial was established for September 2023.

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Reporting by Diane Bartz Editing by Leslie Adler

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