This is the biggest legal challenge Google has faced in its history, and it is likely to lead to a legal battle that could last for years.
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, launching the biggest legal challenge the tech giant has ever faced.
In the case it is argued that Google uses a network of illegal and exclusive trade agreements that penalize smaller competitors and create an unfair advantage in online search and advertising. Eleven states joined the Justice Department in its lawsuit.
Google is unlikely to step back from the litigation that could drag on for years to court.
The lawsuit argues that Google is wrongly paying smartphone makers to bring their apps to the fore by preinstalling them on phones. You pay for it with the income from your advertising platform, the DOJ will argue.
The antitrust proceedings are led by the candidates of whoever wins the presidential election on November 3rd.
The Justice Department announced on Twitter that it would hold a virtual briefing on “an antitrust announcement” at 9:45 am. ET but didn’t say if the announcement would be from Google.
The long-awaited lawsuit takes place amid growing bipartisan control of big tech companies. President Donald Trump has campaigned for his administration to crack down on big tech companies that he believes are biased against him that Democratic and Republican lawmakers are demanding more regulation of tech giants.
Last month the House Democrats published a report after a year-long investigation that found that Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon have partially monopoly power with the “railroad and oil magnates” of the centuries. Past.
Google is also currently the subject of an investigation by 50 attorneys general, which was officially announced last September.
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