Google Replaces Phil Beck With Mayer Brown Team in Viacom Suit

January 20, 2008 The lawsuit filed by Viacom in March claims copyright infringement based on the unauthorized appearance of numerous Viacom shows on Google's YouTube video-sharing service. In May, Google retained Phil Beck, of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, to lead its defense. Beck is best known for representing George W. Bush in Florida during the 2000 presidential election, and working with the U.S. Department of Justice in its antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. But in a filing in U.S. District Court in New York, Google attorneys requested that Beck and fellow Bartlit Beck attorneys be replaced by attorneys from international firm Mayer Brown LLP.

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