First Hearing In US Google Antitrust Suit Set For Oct. 30

US District Judge Amit Mehta on Monday, October 26, set a status hearing on the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google for Friday.

The Justice Department last week sued the US$1 trillion company and accused it of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.

Mehta said lawyers for Google and the Justice Department must appear at the telephone status hearing at 10 am EDT that will be open to the public or media, reported Reuters.

The Justice Department lawsuit could lead to the break-up of an iconic company that has become all but synonymous with the internet and assumed a central role in the day-to-day lives of billions of people around the globe.