(Reuters) – The judge who heard the US Department of Justice's antitrust case against Alphabet Inc's Google LLC proposed a trial date for September 12, 2023 on Friday.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta suggested the date at a state conference, and advice for the two sides did not object. Judge Mehta noted that both sides seemed to expect the discovery to be completed in March 2022, with other pre-trial issues not addressed until early 2023.
"It seems to me that we are looking at late summer, early autumn 2023 for a trial, a potential trial, "Judge Mehta said before proposing September 12, 2023, for a potential trial date.
The two sides also began the process of at least partially consolidating the government's case with a trial that 38 say and territories filed against Google on Thursday, especially in terms of pre-trial conditions.
The state's case is broader than the Ministry of Justice's. The Justice Department's lawsuit focused on Google's search and search advertising, while the state case filed this week included what it said were Google's efforts to expand its dominance to devices such as speakers, televisions and even smart cars. ] California, which joins the judiciary along with Wisconsin and Michigan, indicated that it would need to disclose information to third parties but did not provide details. "I know we have a separate investigation file," said Paula Blizzard, a California law firm.
Google's lawyers and the Department of Justice also seemed to summarize details of an order protecting confidential information from companies that helped with the government's case as well as a scheduling order. Both could be completed next week.
The next status hearing was adjourned until 21