Apple Inc. stated confidential materials it offered to the U.S. Justice Division for the federal government’s antitrust probe of Google shouldn’t be shared with the search big’s in-house attorneys as a result of they’re “competitively sensitive.”
In a submitting Friday in federal court docket in Washington, Apple stated it gave the Justice Division “competitively sensitive material” about its negotiations with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and that permitting attorneys inside Google to see the data would end in “material harm” to Apple.
Considerations about such disclosures have emerged for the reason that authorities sued Google for allegedly abusing its energy to thwart competitors. The Justice Division has proposed permitting firms that offered data for its case to designate their most delicate paperwork as “highly confidential,” which might forestall entry to Google’s in-house attorneys.
The Justice Division argued that giving the search big entry to the confidential data would give Google much more energy out there than it already has.
Apple stated within the submitting it doesn’t oppose Google’s exterior attorneys seeing the fabric however disclosure to Google’s in-house attorneys “would straight implicate future enterprise dealings between Apple and Google, present Google with a considerable benefit over Apple in negotiations, and probably drawback competitor serps that negotiate with Apple.”
(Updates with particulars from submitting, background on case.)