'Unrealistic' Bid For Google Revenue-Sharing Docs Mires DOJ

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By Bryan Koenig (January 7, 2022, 7:09 PM EST) — A D.C. federal judge Friday said the U.S. Department of Justice is being “unrealistic” by demanding Google reveal the “methodology” used to calculate what it’s willing to pay phone companies and mobile carriers to make Google Search their default when the payments largely result from individual negotiations.

During a status conference held remotely, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta sent the DOJ and Google back to the bargaining table to hammer out how the internet giant can provide a written response outlining some of the considerations that go into the terms of revenue-sharing agreements at the heart of accusations it uses…

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