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Google Attorney told U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan on Thursday during a trial in Plano, Texas, that the case has no special contact with Texas and the mirrors claiming cases have been filed in California.
The company is fighting three government claims for abuse of independence. Google’s search business was targeted at various courts set up by the U.S. Department of Justice. And a group of countries. The appeal in Texas is focused on digital advertising.
Google’s attorney Eric Mahr told the judge that similar suits in Texas and California could lead to conflicting court decisions, and that the provinces had chosen Texas as a place to appeal their case because the local court had a record of immediate appeals.
“There is a great deal of danger in pursuing such a case,” Mahr said at the hearing.
Ashley Keller, the state’s attorney, argued that the Texas court was the right place because there were publishers, advertisers and buyers in the province affected by Google’s advertising business. He also acknowledged that states want to get to justice as soon as possible because Google is involved in risky behavior “on every day nanoseconds.”
Jordan did not immediately decide on Google’s request.