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Google Poised to Dodge Sanctions in Records-Hiding Row With U.S.

  • Judge says he lacks power to impose punishment on company
  • Google says it acted in good faith and is handing over records
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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is poised to dodge court sanctions after it was called out by the Justice Department for hiding documents from government lawyers.

A federal judge said Friday he didn’t have clear authority to punish the company over its policy that employees copy company lawyers on emails when discussing competition issues, which the U.S. government claims Google uses as a ploy to avoid disclosing records in litigation.