Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser, Accusing Google of Harming Both Consumers and Advertisers in the Third Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against the Tech Giant Since October.

December 17, 2020
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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,