US District Judge Amit Mehta, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, has been selected at random to hear the US Justice Department’s case against Alphabet’s Google, according to a court filing on Wednesday.
The Justice Department lawsuit could lead to the break-up of an iconic company that has become all but synonymous with the internet and assumed a central role in the day-to-day lives of billions of people. The case is likely to take years to resolve.
In May 2019, Mehta ruled in favor of a US House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm.
Mehta was previously a partner at the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and was born in India in 1971 and moved to the United States at the age of 1. He also worked as a public defender in Washington for five years.