Erin Scott | Reuters
The Department of Justice filed its antitrust lawsuit against Google, focusing on the tech giant’s dominance in online search.
Eleven Republican state attorneys general have joined the DOJ as plaintiffs in the case: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas, an open case filed Tuesday morning According to the dock.
Google’s stock barely rose due to news of the suit. The stock was slightly positive as of Tuesday morning.
The DOJ and the states are bringing the complaint under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, alleging that Google illegally retained monopolies in the markets, according to the lawsuit “General Search Services, Search Advertising and General Search Text Advertising.” They claim that Google has maintained its monopoly through “acupuncture and exclusion practices”.
The lawsuit is the culmination of a more than one-year investigation into the company’s business practices. Google was previously the subject of a US antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission on its search product, but the agency closed that investigation in 2013 at no charge. A leaked document later published by The Wall Street Journal showed that employees recommended bringing the case on several grounds.
The DOJ lawsuit marks the first time a serious retaliatory indictment has been brought against Google at the federal level in its home country. General attorneys from every state besides Alabama are also investigating Google’s practices. Its investigation has not been confirmed by California’s Attorney General, but Politico reported last month that the state had opened its own investigation aside from the Texas-led multi-level effort.
On a call with reporters on Tuesday, DOJ officials said they continue to keep the lines of communication open to states that did not initially join the suit, and said those enforcers have broadened support for the issues in the suit Expressed.
A spokesman for Google said in a statement, “Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed.” “People use Google because they choose – not because they are coerced or because they can’t find alternatives. We’ll have a full description this morning.”
On the press call, DOJ Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the agency’s review of digital platforms starting in 2019 is “a milestone but not a stopping point”. He said the department would continue to look at potential Internet platforms as potential. Misconduct.
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