Google, Microsoft fight over documents in antitrust lawsuit

The search giant claims Microsoft won’t hand over records, while Microsoft asks why it should

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ)  massive antitrust lawsuit against Google is still going on. The latest wrinkle is Google and Microsoft battling over whether the latter must turn over crucial business records.

Google has asked a federal judge to order Microsoft to turn over these documents, but  Microsoft wondered why it should have to.

Google served a subpoena to Microsoft a few months ago seeking records relating to Microsoft’s Bing search engine and its Internet Explorer and Edge internet browsers. Google thinks the records will reveal whether Microsoft was restrained from competing with Google or if it just failed to compete successfully.

Google’s search engine is the market leader by a huge margin, while Bing’s search market share remains in single digits. Google’s Chrome browser also competes with Microsoft’s browsers.

In a court filing unsealed late Thursday, Google said Microsoft failed to comply with the subpoena, according to Reuters.

“In particular, there are 19 Microsoft employees who held important positions relating to activities at the core of this case but whose files Microsoft refuses to commit to search at this time,” Google said in its court filing.

Meanwhile, Microsoft complained in a court filing that Google’s legal demands are too burdensome. Microsoft says Google’s additional requests for records means Microsoft would have to search the files of 55 employees and former employees.

Related Resource

The controversial CLOUD Act

The effect on data protection and data security in Germany and the EU

A magnifying glass with a background of 1s and 0s - whitepaper from IONOSDownload now

Microsoft argues that Google isn’t offering specific reasons for why it needs these additional files. Google claims the documents it’s seeking are relevant to the case.

Last October, the Justice Department sued Google, kicking off a spate of federal and state antitrust lawsuits against the search giant and Facebook

The DOJ says a year-long investigation found that Google improperly used its digital dominance to negatively affect corporate rivals and consumers. 

The lawsuit could have serious implications for Google and the entire tech industry, which is under scrutiny due to the amount of data, money, and power it has amassed.

Featured Resources

Modern governance: The how-to guide

Equipping organisations with the right tools for business resilience

Free Download

Cloud operational excellence

Everything you need to know about optimising your cloud operations

Watch now

A buyer’s guide to board management software

How the right software can improve your board’s performance

The real world business value of Oracle autonomous data warehouse

Lead with a 417% five-year ROI

Download now

Recommended

Google accused of 'deceptive' location tracking in fresh US lawsuit
Policy & legislation

Google accused of 'deceptive' location tracking in fresh US lawsuit

25 Jan 2022
Fedex teams with Microsoft for cross-platform logistics solution
digital transformation

Fedex teams with Microsoft for cross-platform logistics solution

25 Jan 2022
Microsoft tells IT admins to turn off legacy group policies to improve Windows performance
Microsoft Windows

Microsoft tells IT admins to turn off legacy group policies to improve Windows performance

21 Jan 2022
Microsoft buys game developer Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft buys game developer Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

18 Jan 2022

Most Popular

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

6 Jan 2022
Dell XPS 15 (2021) review: The best just got better
Laptops

Dell XPS 15 (2021) review: The best just got better

14 Jan 2022
How to speed up Windows 11
Microsoft Windows

How to speed up Windows 11

7 Jan 2022