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US District Judge Rules Against Google for Intentional Destruction of Evidence
US judge rules Google intentionally destroyed evidence and must be sanctioned in lawsuits filed by Epic Games, 38 states’ attorneys general, Match Group, and consumers challenging Google’s Play Store app distribution model.
The plaintiffs allege that Google illegally monopolized the Android app distribution market by engaging in exclusionary conduct. Specifically, they claim that Google’s actions prevented competition and innovation, causing harm to both consumers and developers. This case has been ongoing for several years, and the recent ruling is a significant development.
The judge’s decision focused on Google’s failure to preserve internal chats involving employees subject to a legal hold. Despite Google’s claim that it did not need to preserve these chats, the judge rejected this argument, stating that the company provided false information to the court and plaintiffs about its auto-deletion practices for internal chats.
As a result of this ruling, the judge has concluded that they need to impose an appropriate non-monetary sanction, but they will determine the specific details of this sanction in further proceedings. This ruling deals a significant blow to Google, as it underscores the significance of transparency and accountability in the tech industry.
It also sends a message to other companies that they must take their legal obligations seriously and cannot simply destroy evidence or provide false information to the court.
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