Google needs more time to respond to Viacom suit

Google needs more time to respond to Viacom suit

Summary: Google has requested a 30-day extension to respond to the Viacom lawsuit against YouTube. The letter, reported by GoogleWatch, was dated March 23 by Donald Verrilli Jr.

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Google has requested a 30-day extension to respond to the Viacom lawsuit against YouTube.

The letter, reported by GoogleWatch, was dated March 23 by Donald Verrilli Jr., a Viacom lawyer. In part, he wrote:

"I am writing to confirm that the parties are available to appear before the Court on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 11:30am. In addition, because the Defendants have not yet retained counsel to represent them in this matter. Plaintiffs have agreed to Defendants' request for a thirty-day extension of time -- i.e. until May 2. 2007 -- for the Defendants to answer or otherwise respond to Plaintiffs' complaint."

What's interesting about the extension is that Google--a company with an army of lawyers--hasn't responded or even retained counsel. My read: Google is hoping to settle with Viacom before things get too messy. Or perhaps Google isn't taking the lawsuit against YouTube seriously.

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  • Or...

    Delaying court action is SOP for most companies.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • Standard operating procedure.

    It's fairly common to ask the opposing console to stipulate to more time to answer. Twenty (20) days just isn't enough time to an answer to all the claims. I've seen some federal cases with half of dozen extensions.

    During this period the defendant will be investigating all aspects of plaintiffs actions for possible defenses, and counterclaims. (I.E. It's not all legal work. Both forensics and investigation come into play.)

    This is done in the name of judicial efficiency, since any issues missed in the initial answer will be tacked into an amended filing. (Which end's up delaying the proceeding even more.)
    thetruth_z