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Alphabet's self-driving car unit is pushing back on Uber's request to move a trade secret lawsuit to arbitration. While the ride-hailing company is citing an employment contract's arbitration clause as justification, Waymo says in new court documents that none of the parties in the case signed that contract.

Uber's arbitration request: On March 16, Uber told a federal judge that it will seek to move the lawsuit to private arbitration because Waymo's claims center around the actions of a former employee and his employment contract with Alphabet included an arbitration clause.

Why it matters: It's the latest turn in the ongoing court battle between the two companies over whether a top Uber employee inappropriately used Alphabet's proprietary information. Uber wants to move the lawsuit to arbitration where proceedings aren't out in the public and it doesn't have to worry about making company information widely available.

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The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.

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In photos: Florida breaks record for in-person early voting

Voters wait in line at John F. Kennedy Public Library in Hialeah, Florida on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.