December 17, 2020
Google’s anticompetitive actions have protected its general search monopolies and excluded rivals, depriving consumers of the benefits of competitive choices, forestalling innovation, and undermining new entry or expansion.
- On Thursday, a 30+ state bipartisan coalition led by Colorado sued Google, accusing it of maintaining a monopoly using exclusionary agreements in order to leverage its own products over those of its competitors.
- On Wednesday, a 10-state coalition of Republican attorneys general led by Texas filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing it of anti-competitive advertising practices – including an unlawful agreement with Facebook.
- In October, the DOJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of abusing its monopoly power and using anticompetitive practices to ensure Google is the default search engine on browsers.
- BIG PICTURE: These recent legal challenges against Google, often described as the “gateway to the internet,” come after a 48-state 2019 investigation into the company’s search dominance. The lawsuits are likely to be combined and could result in major fines and/or modifications of Google’s business practices.
by Jenna Lee,