The US Department of Justice is not yet ready to sue Apple and Google
Gary Reback, a well-known Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer, said today that the US Department of Justice is not yet ready to sue tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook. In order to win the lawsuit, the US Department of Justice may also need to recruit experienced litigation lawyers from outside.
In July last year, the US Department of Justice announced that it would launch a large-scale antitrust investigation on Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon to determine whether these four technology giants participated in antitrust competition.
The U.S. Department of Justice said at the time that it would review whether and how market-leading online platforms gain market power, and whether there are behaviors that reduce competition, inhibit innovation, or harm consumer interests. In addition, it will also investigate the dominance of these companies in the market and suspicious business practices.
It was reported earlier this month that the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google as soon as this month. In an interview with the media today, Ribek said that the government’s antitrust lawyers are not ready to compete with Apple, Google and other technology giants in court.
Ribek is a well-known antitrust lawyer and has been included in the “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers” list in the United States many times. Twenty years ago, Ribek also helped the US Department of Justice initiate an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. He said that the Department of Justice has the ability to conduct antitrust investigations against technology companies such as Apple and Google, but it has not yet been able to really file a lawsuit against them. When the Justice Department sued Microsoft that year, it brought in external litigation lawyers. And this time, the Justice Department may have to do the same.
Ribek said that the Justice Department appears to be able to conduct a thorough antitrust investigation, but it is not clear whether there is a litigation lawyer (litigation lawyer). The Justice Department may have to bring in outside lawyers, as it did in the Microsoft case back then.
In addition, Ribek also pointed out that in addition to litigation lawyers, litigation against large technology companies will also be affected by another issue: the next government’s ideas. Ribek said that the next Congress and the new government that will come to power next year will “have to think about how they will implement the antitrust law almost from the beginning.”
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