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Justice Department files second antitrust lawsuit against Google

The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. Associated Press/Photo by Jeff Chiu, File

Justice Department files second antitrust lawsuit against Google

The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit yesterday against Google over its advertising practices. Eight state attorneys general joined the lawsuit that alleges the tech giant illegally hindered competition in digital advertising through acquisitions and controlling online advertising technology. The lawsuit demands Google divest itself of the business that controls digital advertising. Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, said the suit is based on flawed arguments.

What other antitrust accusations have been brought against tech companies recently? Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, is currently under investigation by the DOJ over whether it has abused its market dominance in the ticket industry. In 2021, the European Union launched an antitrust investigation into Google, and the Trump administration in October 2020 filed a separate lawsuit against Google alleging anticompetitive practices in the search market.

Dig deeper: Read Brad Littlejohn’s column in WORLD Opinions about a bipartisan bill that aims to reign in monopolies.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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