Google allegedly pays billions of dollars to stifle its competition and maintain its place as the top search engine.
In the largest lawsuit of its kind in decades, The United States Justice Department and 11 states have filed a suit against Google for stifling competition to maintain its position as the No. 1 search engine.
“This morning the Department of Justice, along with eleven states, filed a civil lawsuit against Google for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in general search services and search advertising in violation of the U.S. antitrust laws," a press release dated October 20 from the Attorney General's office says. "This is a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer."
Attorney General William P. Barr says that Google pays billions of dollars each year "to lock up key pathways to search on mobile phones, browsers, and next generation devices, depriving rivals of distribution and scale," basically paying device manufacturers like Apple, LG, Motorola, and Samsung to be their default search engine.
Statement of the Attorney General on the Announcement Of Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google https://t.co/4ViBazX1R9— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 20, 2020
“Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms...Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google...for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the DOJ and for the American people.” — AG Barr pic.twitter.com/CG8UKXDtZo— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 20, 2020
The 11 states who joined the lawsuit are Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas.
"Google effectively owns or controls search distribution channels accounting for roughly 80 percent of the general search queries in the United States," the complaint says.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.