It’s been virtually 10 months since a trial date was set in Epic’s antitrust lawsuit towards Google, and with all the other big tech cases happening proper now, together with Google’s other antitrust proceedings, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. However imagine it or not, the trial will start in less than a month, on November sixth, in the US District Courtroom in California’s Northern District.
The courtroom launched a tentative record of witnesses, principally executives and leads from each corporations, on Thursday. Epic listed 53 witnesses it both will or may name, together with Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Google and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat, and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney.
Andy Rubin, one of many co-founders of the Android working system and Important, can be on the record. He labored at Google till 2014 when he left with a reported $90 million payout following allegations of sexual misconduct. He’s listed within the courtroom doc as a “could name” witness, so it’s potential he gained’t take the stand.
Different witnesses embody two different Android co-founders — Nick Sears, who left Google in 2013 is on Epic’s record, whereas Wealthy Miner might be known as by Google, the place he nonetheless works. Epic additionally listed Activision CFO Armin Zerza and former Open Handset Alliance head Eric Chu.
Epic is suing Google over its Google Play retailer practices, alleging that, after Epic departed the Google Play retailer, Google launched an anticompetitive marketing campaign to maintain different builders from following swimsuit, even going as far as to pay millions of dollars to some.