'Long Overdue': Justice Department Sues Google in Antitrust Case
The filing, announced Tuesday morning, accuses the tech giant of violating law to stifle competition.
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The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday an antitrust lawsuit against Google—a filing that marks the biggest case tackling tech power since the one targeting Microsoft in 1998.
The filing is joined by 11 states, all of which have Republican governors, Reuters reported.
“This step is long overdue,” Cicilline tweeted of the government’s new lawsuit, adding, “It is time to restore competition online.”
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Open Markets Institute, a research and advocacy group, framed the lawsuit as a “big moment.”
In a Twitter thread Monday ahead of the announcement, the group wrote that “Google… acquired its dominance of the internet search market by bribing smartphone manufacturers and wireless operators not to install rival search engines on devices they sold.”
“Google reportedly paid Apple $12 billion in 2019 to install Google as the default search engine on Apple’s Safari browser—in lieu of Bing or DuckDuckGo etc. Through this deal, Google shared the spoils of its monopoly with Apple,” – @sandeepvaheesan https://t.co/1hUrLLgMjH— Open Markets Institute (@openmarkets) October 20, 2020
According to the Associated Press, the legal action could mark “an opening salvo ahead of other major government antitrust actions, given ongoing investigations of major tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Facebook at both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission.”
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