38 States Sue Google Over Antitrust Complaints
December 18, 2020
On December 17, 38 states filed a joint
antitrust complaint that accuses the tech giant
of expanding its search monopoly through smart
speakers, televisions and cars, according to
Reuters. It is the third major lawsuit against
The states are seeking to attach their suit with
a federal suit announced by the Justice
Department in October, according to the Colorado
attorney general's office.
The federal case alleges Google made deals with
phone makers, including Apple and Samsung, to
make Google the default search engine. It
alleges it is also using its Android operating
system to pressure device makers to preload
Google search apps and other Google products.
On December 16, another case was filed by
another group of states led by Texas. That case
alleges Google is harming competitors by
engaging in "false, deceptive or misleading
acts" with its Google Ads product.
In the latest case, the states allege Google is
seeking to use exclusionary agreements to
dominate search and search advertising over a
new set of devices like smart speakers, which
Accusations against Google
to CNET, Google accounts for about 90% of U.S.
search traffic. That generates "almost all" of
the company's $160 billion in annual sales.
The company has long been accused of shutting
out competitors by using its dominance to
promote its own products. The new lawsuit
alleges Google is doing the same with newer
devices like voice assistants.
"Google is preventing competitors in the voice
assistant market from reaching consumers through
connected cars, which stand to be a significant
way the internet is accessed in the near
future," said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller,
according to Reuters.
Google has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Big Tech has come under increasing attack from
both Democrats and Republicans. In addition to
the Google cases, Facebook Inc. is also facing
antitrust lawsuits. Reuters said the suits were
the "biggest antitrust cases in a generation."
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