Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill joined the United States Department of Justice and 10 other state attorneys general in filing a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google.
In a statement, Hill said “Google’s stranglehold on America’s search market is not only contrary to our nation’s ideals of a free-market economy, but is also illegal. Its anticompetitive behavior stifles competition, consumer choice and innovation, and we hope to see major change as a result of this historic action.”
The complaint alleges that Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in search and search advertising by:
- Entering into exclusivity agreements that forbid pre-installation of any competing search service;
- Entering into arrangements that force the pre-installation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and making them unable to be deleted, regardless of consumer preference;
- Entering into long-term agreements with Apple that require Google to be the default – and de facto exclusive – general search engine on Apple’s popular Safari browser and other Apple search tools; and
- Generally using monopoly profits to buy preferential treatment for its search engine on devices, web browsers and other search access points, creating a continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization.
(This story was originally published on October 20, 2020)
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