DOJ Suit Against Google Heralded as “Among Most Important Antitrust Cases in US History”

Source: Common Dreams

“Anti-monopoly advocates on Tuesday praised the Biden administration and eight states for launching a federal antitrust lawsuit that could break up Google, which is accused of illegally dominating the digital advertising market. ‘Competition in the ad tech space is broken, for reasons that were neither accidental nor inevitable,’ states the complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. ‘We’re thrilled to see the Department of Justice finally demand a breakup of Google’s advertising monopoly. One industry behemoth, Google, has corrupted legitimate competition in the ad tech industry by engaging in a systematic campaign to seize control of the wide swath of high-tech tools used by publishers, advertisers, and brokers, to facilitate digital advertising.'” [editor’s note: Google isn’t even close to having an “advertising monopoly” – TLK] (01/24/23)