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Google Monopoly Case by U.S. Sets Stage for Multi-Pronged Attack

  • DOJ case joined by 11 Republican state attorneys general
  • Case is expected to be followed by more state lawsuits
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Google Used Anticompetitive Tactics in Search, DOJ Says
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The U.S. Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc.’s Google in the most significant antitrust case against an American company in two decades, kicking off what promises to be a volley of legal actions against the search giant for allegedly abusing its market power.

Google, which controls about 90% of the online search market in the U.S., is the “unchallenged gateway” to the internet and engaged in a variety of anticompetitive practices to maintain and extend its monopoly, the government said in a complaint filed Tuesday in Washington. The company has used exclusive deals costing billions of dollars to dominate search and lock out competition from rivals, the U.S. said.