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[Update] DOJ Files Antitrust Case against Google over Alleged Monopolistic Practices

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The US Department of Justice will reportedly present its case against Google for the company’s alleged antitrust practices later this month…

[UPDATE October 20, 2020] The United States Department of Justice filed a landmark antitrust suit against Google today. The legal action alleges the tech giant illegally holds monopolies in search and search advertising. The federal government claims that Google violated antitrust laws, effectively acting as a “gatekeeper” to the internet.

The complaint says the web corporation unlawfully blocked out competitors by engineering deals with phone manufacturers — including Apple and Samsung — to be the default preset search engine. The suit also alleges Google abused its dominant market position with its Android operating system to coerce phone makers to preload Google’s apps onto their devices.

[Original story, posted September 6, 2020] Reports of the US Department of Justice readying antitrust action against Google date back to at least May. Prior to that, fifty state Attorney Generals announced an antitrust investigation into the search giant. Now, fresh reports state that the DOJ is going to move forward by the end of this month. The law enforcement agency will take action against Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

DOJ to Present Antitrust Case against Google Later this Month

Google will face a number of legal challenges for its search and advertising practices, according to news reports. And, it will happen sometime before the end of the month, or possibly later on this year. Regardless of the timing, it will certainly have large ramifications as to how the tech company handles its core businesses.

Currently, the specifics of the tentative cases aren’t known, including whether or not the states will either join in federal actions or file lawsuits on their own. However, there are rumors about the timing and strategy. Apparently, Attorney General William Barr is eager to announce the suit. Meanwhile, some career lawyers argue that this could backfire, given the short time frame, and benefit Google. The tech company only said that it will continue to “engage” with the investigations.

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