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Mehta Amit Priyavadan Mehta, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. Sept. 17, 2014. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/The National Law Journal

The Justice Department’s lawsuit against Google was randomly assigned Wednesday to U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta of the District of Columbia, an appointee of Barack Obama whose tenure on the federal bench has already featured high-profile cases, including a standoff over access to President Donald Trump’s financial records and a significant antitrust case.

Shortly after his 2014 confirmation to Washington’s federal trial court, Mehta drew a case in which the Federal Trade Commission challenged the proposed merger of Sysco and U.S. Foods, a deal that would have combined the nation’s two largest food distributors. In a 128-page ruling in June of that year, he granted the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the deal, prompting the two companies to drop their merger plans.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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