Washington: U.S. federal and state antitrust law enforcement officials are preparing to file a lawsuit against Google. The lawsuit will begin this year, focusing on the tech giant ’s dominance in online advertising.
The report quoted anonymous sources as saying that the case may also involve how Google uses its dominant search business to stifle competition.
Last year, the US Department of Justice and 50 attorney generals said they were investigating whether Google was abusing features in the online ecosystem at the expense of competitors or consumers.
By doing so, officials resumed the antitrust investigation that was closed in Washington a few years ago, while the European Union and other authorities filed their own lawsuits against the California-based company.
Last year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton coordinated the efforts of the states, saying that an investigation was under way to “determine the facts”.
Google said it is continuing discussions with relevant departments.
The company said in an email: “We will continue to participate in the ongoing investigation led by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Paxton, and we have no updates or comments on speculation.”
“Our focus is to provide services firmly to help consumers, support thousands of businesses and increase choice and competition.”
Relevant departments have also started to focus on Facebook and other online platforms for market dominance.