Apparently Google's Lawyers Were Prepped For Google/Apple Antitrust Inquiry

from the just-look-at-our-website dept

With the (not particularly surprising) news coming out that the FTC was looking at the relationship between Apple and Google (specifically the ties between the Board of Directors of both companies), John Paczkowski noticed that Google's outside law firm (full disclosure: it's our outside law firm as well, though it's a big, big law firm), Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati had not only already prepared a presentation on the issue but had posted it to its website. Soon after noticing it, WSGR pulled down the presentation. So Paczkowski pointed to the Google cache of it... only to see that disappear quickly as well. Amusingly, Danny Sullivan noted that it's still available in Microsoft's cache. Either way, it seems like Google should be quite prepared for the issue, though Eric Schmidt's initial responses to questions about it don't seem very reassuring. You would think that he would have thought through a slightly more nuanced answer than saying that he hadn't even considered leaving Apple's board. Either way, it seems pretty clear that Google is going to spend an awful lot of time in the antitrust spotlight -- justified or not -- over the next few years, and the company better get used to it.


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    chucklebutte, May 7th, 2009 @ 9:16pm

    leave google alone!

    they do too much good!

     

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    disgruntled, May 7th, 2009 @ 9:32pm

    boyscout

    I'm no apologist for either company, but doesn't being prepared for a possible sh!tstorm just equal good lawyering?

     

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    Jon L (profile), May 7th, 2009 @ 10:10pm

    WSGR Rocks

    Have worked with those guys (WSGR) on a couple of startups, and they are truly awesome. Scary smart, and always very, very well prepared.

    One of the coolest things they've done lately is to put up a "term sheet generator" based on some of their internal processes for startups. (be warned though, the generator is an extensive questionnaire that likely simply proves why a lawyer is a good idea instead of a DIY template...)

    http://www.wsgr.com/WSGR/Display.aspx?SectionName=practice/termsheet.htm

    (note: I don't work for WSGR or have any current business with them - not for lack of tryin' though:)

     

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    Mike (profile), May 7th, 2009 @ 10:31pm

    Re: boyscout

    I'm no apologist for either company, but doesn't being prepared for a possible sh!tstorm just equal good lawyering?

    Prepared is good. But having that info publicly available... is a bit weird.

     

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    Chunky Vomit, May 7th, 2009 @ 10:51pm

    Re: boyscout

    Good lawyering? Who dare say such things? Off with his head!

     

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    Noc, May 7th, 2009 @ 11:00pm

    Correct

    what he said haha

     

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    Mike (profile), May 7th, 2009 @ 11:13pm

    Re: WSGR Rocks

    Yeah, I agree that WSGR is great... and I saw that term sheet generator a few weeks ago when it launched. Definitely very cool.

     

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    Michael Lockyear (profile), May 8th, 2009 @ 1:55am

    Ready for anything

    No surprise...trying to identify potential problems before they happen is standard practice in successful companies (and companies that want to STAY successful)...this applies to the law firm AND Google. As far as potential problems go, this one seems as if it would be fairly obvious to a highly paid legal expert!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2009 @ 2:19am

    I think George W Bush said it best:
    Fool me once, Shame on.. Shame on.. You. You Fool Me You can't get fooled again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgPY1adc0A

     

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    Mike FM, May 8th, 2009 @ 2:32am

    Re: Re: boyscout

    But preparing for something usually means you see it as an issue...and if you see it as an issue, but are still doing it, this looks very bad indeed.

     

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    NSMike, May 8th, 2009 @ 5:56am

    Why Tech?

    Can someone explain to me why tech companies are the only ones being put under the microscope as far as antitrust goes? It seems to me there are plenty of others out there that should be scrutinized a bit more.

     

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    Bri (profile), May 8th, 2009 @ 6:17am

    Can someone explain to me why tech companies are the only ones being put under the microscope as far as antitrust goes? It seems to me there are plenty of others out there that should be scrutinized a bit more.

    Tell me about it! Let's start with the telcos leveraging their market power to either extort consumers, Time Warner, or prevent competition in the form of township's providing broadband service to their residents.

    Last time I checked in order to trigger anti-monopoly regulation you actually have to be abusing your power of monopoly.

     

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    TheStupidOne, May 8th, 2009 @ 10:24am

    Re: Re: Re: boyscout

    Being aware of the perception of wrongdoing vs being aware of actual wrongdoing are really very different situations.

    For example: somebody robs a 7-11 near your home. robber's description is similar to you. getaway car is same make and model as your own. (not an unreasonable situation) You look guilty even if you aren't. Best thing for you to do would be to get ready for the police to give you a visit. Maybe even head over to the police station to clear your name before they even start investigating.

    I'm not commenting on the actual case, just that getting ready to answer accusations that haven't yet been made isn't an admission of guilt.

     

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