As soon as Thursday, the latest Google Antitrust Case could be filed
Published on: 2020-12-16 12:21:24 | Category: Google | By: admin
A new antitrust lawsuit against Google is currently being prepared by a coalition of states that would say that the company has modified its search infrastructure to the detriment of some competitors that provide specialized search results.The lawsuit, led by Democratic Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, could go online as soon as Thursday, according to Politico.
The new case will be distinct from a different antitrust suit filed against Google in October by the Justice Department and 11 Republican state attorneys general.Companies with specialized search results that utilize what's sometimes known as "vertical search" must accept lower traffic or buy ads to compete with Google.
While investigators familiar with the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity could not specify how many states had signed on to the petition, signatories including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and every state except Alabama and California had the initial investigation that was made public in September 2019.It is expected that the state-led case will be filed in Washington, D.C. Federal court as the case of the Justice Department, which would make it easier to merge the two finally.
The new case is expected to arrive in the wake of the Justice Department planning a flurry of antitrust lawsuits that sets a number of Silicon Valley titans in the crosshairs. Only last week in order to purchase or neutralize its competitors and shore up its market supremacy, the Federal Trade Commission and dozens of states filed a suit trying to break up Facebook for using anticompetitive tactics.