Multiple Antitrust Lawsuits Filed Against Google
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Three antitrust lawsuits have recently been filed against Google by the U.S. federal government and a number of states. In October, the U.S. Department of Justice and eleven state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, alleging that the search engine company unlawfully contracted with large companies such as Apple to be the default search engine on those companies' mobile devices. Several other states, including California, have asked to join the DOJ's lawsuit. In December, ten state attorneys general, led by Texas, sued Google in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for illegally monopolizing online advertising. Several days later, the attorneys general of 35 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico filed another lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the company harmed competition by favoring its own services and products, and by discriminating against companies offering more specialized search services. According to multiple media outlets, this wave of lawsuits against Google represents a greater governmental effort to regulate the activity of large tech companies. See Associated Press, CNBC, New York Times.