DOJ and 11 State AGs File a Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

Alonzo Simpson
October 24, 2020

The Justice Department might fire back that Google is always going to be better as long as it has more people using its service: More people means more data, which in turn means better results, which in turn means more people - and more people is precisely what these contracts are created to guarantee.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry talks about the coalition of AGs from eleven states joining in an antitrust suit against internet giant Google.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, has been selected to hear the U.S. Justice Department's case against Alphabet's Google GOOGL.O , according to a court filing on Wednesday.

Google has a long-term agreement with Apple that requires Google be the default and de facto exclusive general search engine on Apple's Safari browser and other Apple search tools.

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"Today's lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed". "This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers". "People use Google because they choose to, not because they're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives", he wrote in the blog post.

The Justice Department claimed that Apple and Google are working on this agreement as "one company", and in the meantime, Google said it was confident of the lawsuit and adhered to its position. Imagine a world with several competing search engines, each with less of the information required to refine results and less of the scale required to carry out the enormous undertaking of cataloguing the public Internet. Google even offered a graphic on how to do that. That is of course laughable, but they do note most (60%) of people go directly to Amazon to search for a product, which is undeniable. Android devices prominently feature Google services by promotional agreements with carriers and OEMs.

Jonathan Kanter, an antitrust lawyer who represents a number of companies with antitrust concerns about Google, said his clients expect further action will be forthcoming. In addition, the DOJ said that consumers are harmed by Google's actions because the company's anticompetitive behavior reduces the quality of search results, lessens the choices available in search and impedes innovation. American antitrust law is created to promote innovation and help consumers, not tilt the playing field in favor or particular competitors or make it harder for people to get the services they want.

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