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Google Executives Sergey Brin and Sundar Pichai to be Questioned in New Digital Ads Lawsuit

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Co-Founder Sergey Brin are set to sit for questioning in the lawsuit that Texas and other States brought upon the parent company.

London, England Jun 26, 2024 ( – Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai are set to sit for questioning in a lawsuit brought by Texas and other States accusing the parent company Alphabet unit. The lawsuit accuses Alphabet of abusing its superiority in the market of digital advertisement, according to a rule done by a US judge. U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan in Sherman, Texas issued his decision on Friday, ruling that both the co-founder and CEO cannot avoid being removed from this antitrust case. Judge Jordan said the States “have identified issues related to significant corporate acquisitions, meetings, and policies relevant to the issues in this case.”

According to the lawsuit, Texas and other States in the country contend that Google has monopolized crucial parts of the digital advertising market unlawfully. This has caused other users to artificially pay much higher prices. The States has also accused Google of its deceptive trade practices. Both the Texas attorney general and Google’s office did not pass any comment on the immediate request on Monday. Sources said that Google had immediately objected to the depositions that were proposed in the lawsuit. The company argued that Pichai and Brin, who is now a member of the tech giant’s board, have no new, relevant, and unique personal information that can be shared in the State’s lawsuit. The company has denied the claims made by Texas and other States in the lawsuit filed against Google. The company’s bid to dismiss another lawsuit which was filed in 2020 is also pending.

Texas and the 15 other state plaintiffs who are connected in the digital advertising lawsuit against Google have commented that they want to question Brin about the company’s acquisition of DoubleClick that happened back in 2008. The States have called this acquisition “the leading provider of the ad server tools” that others including media publishers use to sell inventory of display advertising. That is not all, they also want to ask Pichai about a deal related to the advertising market that the company also made in 2008 with Facebook, the biggest social media platform. The plaintiffs are planning to question Google’s internal communication retention policies too. This came after the realization of earlier concerns regarding potential missing evidence. The States had argued that any charge that the depositions would place on Brin and Pichai “is entirely proportional to the stakes of this litigation.”

This upcoming trial is scheduled for 2025 March. Reuters reports the case is State of Texas et al v. Google LLC, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, No. 4:20-cv-00957-SDJ. For plaintiffs: W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm; and Ashley Keller of Keller Postman. For the defendant: R. Paul Yetter of Yetter Coleman; Eric Mahr of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; and Daniel Bitton of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider.

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