The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday accused Google of illegally protecting its monopoly over search and search advertising, the New York Times
(21 October, Kang, McCabe, Wakabayashi) reports, bringing the most significant government challenge yet to a tech company's market power in a fight that could reshape the way people use the internet. The much-anticipated lawsuit accuses Google of locking up deals with giant partners like Apple and throttling competition through exclusive business contracts and agreements. In its 57-page complaint, the DOJ said Google enjoys an 80 percent market share for online searches, and "has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising." The Google lawsuit, which could stretch on for years, may set off a cascade of other antitrust lawsuits from state attorneys general. Already about four dozen states and other jurisdictions are conducting parallel investigations into Google, while 11 state attorneys general signed on to support the federal lawsuit. There is bipartisan support for action against big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple. The suit, filed in the US District Court in the District of Columbia, will also be a major test of antitrust law. Democrats have pushed for updates to antitrust laws to reflect the reality of the digital era.
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