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Senate Passes State Venue Antitrust Bill That Google Opposed

  • Vote marks key step in US efforts to change rules for Big Tech
  • Measure now requires House floor vote in order to become law
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The Senate passed legislation Tuesday evening to allow state attorneys general to pick the location where their federal antitrust suits are heard, a blow to Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which had opposed the bill.

The chamber passed the measure by unanimous consent. An amendment removed a provision that would have applied the measure retroactively to a 2020 antitrust suit filed by Texas and 14 other states and territories against the operator of the world’s largest search engine.