A California federal judge ordered
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is representing Google in the case, while Boies Schiller Flexner is representing the class action plaintiffs.
Quinn Emanuel’s lawyers had urged Judge Susan van Keulen not to impose sanctions on Google, saying the company had “hid nothing”. She ruled against them in May.
Boies Schiller’s lawyers had asked for more than $1 million, but van Keulen ordered Google to pay just over $970,000 after deducting costs incurred by timekeepers billing less than 10 hours of production time. documents and computer research.
Although much of the original sanctions motion is redacted, Boies Schiller said Google failed to produce data including “IDs” associated with the named plaintiffs and their devices. The judge’s order granting the monetary penalties is sealed.
Boies’ Sanctions Request Schiller had earlier revealed that famed attorney David Boies charged $1,950 an hour in the case.
“Google breached its discovery obligations, misled plaintiffs and the court, concealed the identities of key personnel, and withheld, then destroyed, key documents,” Boies said in a statement to Bloomberg. Law. “The penalties are severe, as they should be, given Google’s gross misconduct. »
Andrew Schapiro, Quinn Emanuel’s partner, said the plaintiffs had asked for “extreme penalties,” which would prevent Google from making a case in court.
“Ultimately, they receive partial payment of their inflated bill for the time they spent bringing the motion forward,” Schapiro said in a statement.
The case, filed in 2020, alleges that Google tracked users’ browsing history and other web activity, even when they were using “incognito mode.”
“The surreptitious and unauthorized monitoring of the Internet communications of millions of Americans, especially when, as here, they have taken active (and recommended) steps to ensure their privacy, is a gross violation of social norms that is deeply offensive. “, indicates the complaint.