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AT&T Seeks to Block Google Motion in T-Mobile Suit

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Oct 12, 2011, 5:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice have asked the judge overseeing the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against AT&T to prevent Google from wiggling its way into the case. Google filed a motion recently seeking to prevent the disclosure of "competitively sensitive" information that may come to light during the trial. AT&T claims Google's motion would add unnecessary complexity to the lawsuit proceedings. "This proposal would grant every non-party the effective ability to veto defendant’s choice of experts, by denying them access to confidential information that is necessary to their work as experts in this case," said AT&T in the filing. Google wants to be given several days' advance notice any time the documents need to be accessed for use during the trial. The Justice Department argued that "it is impractical to require by court order that the parties provide advance notice of every instance where a confidential document" might turn up in the proceedings. The trial is set to begin on February 13.

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