The Justice Division’s antitrust lawsuit towards Google has a decide: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in US District Courtroom for the District of Columbia.
He went to elite US universities, clerked for an appellate courtroom decide and labored for each a DC legislation agency with high-profile shoppers and as a public defender lawyer for low-income shoppers. As a decide, he is dominated that lawmakers ought to get the president’s monetary data and has sprinkled his music appreciation into opinions.
Mehta was appointed to the courtroom in December 2014 and sworn in in 2015. Notable rulings embody one in 2019 saying that lawmakers ought to get their subpoenaed monetary data of President Donald Trump. The Supreme Courtroom despatched that case again to a decrease courtroom and it’s ongoing. He additionally handled a food-industry antitrust case early in his tenure, quickly blocking a $3.5 billion Sysco deal for US Meals after regulators opposed the deal. The businesses scrapped it days later.
He is a hip-hop lover, based on his judicial writings. In a footnote to a 2015 opinion involving a copyright declare, the decide stated he didn’t want knowledgeable testimony to find out that two songs have been “not considerably comparable” as a result of he was not “an bizarre ‘lay particular person’ with regards to hip-hop music and lyrics,” having “listened to hip hop for many years” and counting amongst his favorites Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake and Eminem. He additionally cited lyrics from the Beyonce tune “Sorry,” from her basic album “Lemonade,” in a 2018 opinion on one other copyright case.
He had beforehand been a lawyer centered on prison protection and enterprise disputes for a DC legislation agency, Zuckerman Spaeder, the place he represented shoppers akin to the previous head of the Worldwide Financial Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in a civil swimsuit introduced by Nafissatou Diallo, the housekeeper Strauss-Kahn had been accused of raping; they settled after the prison case was dropped. He additionally represented a lawyer concerned within the Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims litigation.
Beforehand, he labored as a employees lawyer on the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and clerked for a decide on the Ninth Circuit appeals courtroom.
Born in India, Mehta got here to the US as a younger little one. He earned his undergraduate diploma from Georgetown College in 1993 and graduated from the College of Virginia’s legislation faculty in 1997.


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