The United States is preparing a new antitrust lawsuit against Google, initiated by a group of states from both key parties. This could be a more formidable blow than the pending lawsuit from another group of states led by Texas, according to two Reuters informants. Also in October, antitrust suits were filed against Google by the US Department of Justice.
The bipartisan group includes states such as Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah, and is sometimes referred to as the Colorado-Nebraska group. The group said they plan to combine their position with the arguments of the federal government.
Google denies wrongdoing in response to the government’s lawsuit and other investigations. The company says its search engine and other products are not dominated by monopoly, but because consumers prefer them. Whistleblowers say the Colorado-Nebraska group was planning to file a lawsuit around mid-December and is expected to file a lawsuit in federal district court.
Texas in September 2019 led a team of attorneys general from 50 states and territories to demand an antitrust investigation against Google. First of all, this applies to advertising technologies on the Web. At the same time, the Colorado-Nebraska group is conducting a broader investigation.
In turn, the Justice Department’s suit focuses on Google’s efforts to consolidate and maintain its dominant position in Internet search and related advertising streams.
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