The US Department of Justice is seeking affidavits from some of Apple’s top executives in preparation for a trial to determine whether Google violated antitrust laws by promoting its search service. This was announced yesterday by a lawyer representing Apple’s interests.
According to the agency, Google pays billions of dollars each year through exclusive deals with Apple, Samsung and other partners to make the company’s search service standard on those manufacturers’ devices. During the pre-trial hearings, Apple spokesman Steven Sunshine said the government had asked for testimony “the highest-ranking executives” companies. At the same time, Mr. Sunshine said he didn’t understand what exactly the Justice Department wants from Apple.
The US Department of Justice sued Google in October 2020, accusing the search giant of unlawfully abusing its dominant position to deter competitors. The agency has been preparing to initiate the procedure for more than a year. The first hearing in this case is scheduled for September 12, 2023.