Oracle Corp has clashed with Alphabet’s Google in business disputes, has obtained requests for information from congressional and state investigators trying to allegations that Google violated antitrust law.
Oracle, which is knowledgeable about Google’s advertising business, has received data requests from the Texas attorney general’s office and the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, stated Ken Glueck, an Oracle executive based in Washington.
The House Judiciary Committee has sought information from dozens of companies prone to have suffered harm from tech giants, based on a source close the House probe.
The committee will decide whether to concern subpoenas relying on what number of companies reply voluntarily. Some companies feel they’re less prone to be retaliated against by the giants if they’re compelled to share information, based on the source.
Oracle has alleged that Google infringed on Oracle’s Java copyright to make the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones. The Supreme Court is analyzing whether to take up Google’s appeal of a decrease in court ruling reviving the lawsuit. Oracle has sought about $9 billion in damages.
Technology companies, once lauded as a source of innovation that spurred efficiency and economic growth, face a backlash in the United States and the world over issues among competitors, lawmakers as well as consumer groups that the firms have too much power and harm users and business rivals.
Their critics range from Republicans corresponding to President Donald Trump, who has worried about conservative voices being stifled online, to progressives like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has proposed forcing Google, Facebook and Amazon to sell companies that they purchased due to antitrust concerns.
The House Judiciary Committee can be all four while groups of state attorneys general have formed to concentrate on Facebook and Google.