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DOJ Loses Bid to Sanction Google for Withholding Documents

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google dodged court sanctions after it was called out by the Justice Department for hiding documents from government lawyers.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington said during a hearing Thursday that he wouldn’t punish the company over its practice of having employees copy company lawyers on emails when discussing competition issues. The US government claims Google uses “silent attorney” emails as a ploy to avoid disclosing records in litigation.