202317 Mar

Google stacks its legal team with former DOJ employees as it faces antitrust cases


Googles hiring is not surprising for a company under such a microscope, according to Doug Melamed, a former acting assistant attorney general at the DOJ Antitrust Division whos now a scholar-in-residence at Stanford Law School. Alphabet now has at least five former DOJ staffers on its legal team, including Googles director of competition Kevin Yingling, whos been with the company for more than a decade and worked as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice from 2000 to 2005, according to his LinkedIn. But experts say this kind of hiring, which is common among businesses faced with regulatory scrutiny, can still be beneficial to a company because of the unique insight, touch or credibility that an ex-government attorney might hold when it comes to their former colleagues. Google also works with outside counsel firms on its antitrust cases, including Axinn, Freshfields, Ropes & Gray and Wilson Sonsini, based on reports, statements and legal filings. Hauser said its unlikely DOJ leadership, especially Kanter, who has made a point to bring more aggressive cases in the tech space and overall, would be overly swayed to view things Googles way in ongoing matters.

Source: Cnbc