Google sued by US Department of Justice in search monopoly, advertising lawsuit2020-10-21 17:39 by Daniela
Tags: DoJ, monopoly, law suit
The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday, claiming the $1 trillion company uses its market power to fend off rivals and said nothing was off the table, including a breakup of the internet search and advertising company.
The lawsuit was brought forth by Republican Attorneys General of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas to stop Google's anticompetitive conduct and restore competition.
The 64-page complaint calls Google "a gateway to the Internet," and while does give Google credit for transforming from a small search engine to a technology giant, also accuses the company of "exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition."
Furthermore, the DoJ accuses the company of "interlocking agreements that exclude competitors," such as by preventing vendors from pre-loading rival search services on Android handsets through "illegal agreements." In addition, the DoJ claims that Google forces the "preinstallation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and make them undeletable, regardless of consumer preference."
Alphabet Inc's Google said the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against the company was "deeply flawed" and that users would find it more difficult to access superior search tools and affordable smartphones if the government wins its case.
"American antitrust law is designed to promote innovation and help consumers, not tilt the playing field in favor of particular competitors or make it harder for people to get the services they want," Google senior vice president Kent Walker said in a blog post on Tuesday.
"This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers," he argues. "To the contrary, it would artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use."
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