Google Must Weigh Secrets Against Defense In Antitrust Suit

Law360, London (March 18, 2020, 5:37 PM GMT) -- A London judge on Wednesday said Google must decide whether to show some of its business secrets to an independent expert or abandon parts of its defense to claims brought by a price-comparison website accusing the search-engine giant of abusing its dominance.

High Court Judge Peter Roth said Google Inc. could have a “reasonable time” to decide whether to let an expert hired by the U.K. website Foundem read confidential documents discussing highly sensitive algorithms at the heart of its business.

Foundem’s owners have sued Google for allegedly steering users away from their website and toward its own comparison-shopping service in searches,...

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