US Justice Department and 11 states have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, which
notes is "the
biggest challenge brought by US regulators against a major tech company in
years." Here's word on this sudden recollection that there are regulations in
this country to prevent monopolies:
The charges, filed in federal court,
were brought by the US Department of Justice and 11 other states. The lawsuit
focuses on the billions of dollars Google pays each year to ensure its search
engine is installed as the default option on browsers and devices such as mobile
Officials said those deals have helped secure Google's place as the "gatekeeper"
to the internet, owning or controlling the channels for about 80% of search
queries in the US.
"Google has thus foreclosed competition for internet search," the lawsuit said.
"General search engine competitors are denied vital distribution, scale, and
product recognition - ensuring they have no real chance to challenge Google."
It added: "Google is so dominant that 'Google' is not only a noun to identify
the company and the Google search engine but also a verb that means to search
The case could be the first of many in the US that challenge the dominance of
big tech firms and potentially lead to their break-up.
Coming just a few weeks before the US presidential election, it has also been
viewed as a move by the Trump administration to prove its willingness to
challenge the influence of the sector if it gains a second term.
Officials said they had not rushed the investigation to ensure it was filed
before the election.
"We're acting when the facts and the law warranted," deputy attorney general
Jeffrey Rosen said, adding that the department's review of competition practices
in the technology sector is continuing.