Who from the US government or Google will win the coming legal showdown? The US Department of Justice will initiate, Tuesday, October 20, lawsuits against Google for “infringement of competition law in order to preserve its monopoly in the field of research and online advertising”, indicated to the ‘AFP a judicial source close to the case.
These lawsuits, confirmed to AFP by the source after revelations from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (subscriber articles), represent the largest legal action in more than twenty years carried out by the American federal government against one of the giants of the Gafa (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple).
The complaint is expected to be filed in federal court in the US capital, Washington. Contacted by AFP, the justice ministry declined to comment. Google did not respond immediately.
The government’s recommendations were not yet known, but they could include recommendations aimed at dismantling parts of the search engine giant.
Google was fined 4.3 billion euros in 2018 from the European competition authorities for unfair practices in the Android ecosystem, in order to strengthen its dominant position, particularly in the field of search on Internet. Like its competitors Amazon, Facebook and Apple, Google has been in the crosshairs of the American authorities for several years. Various investigations have been launched against the Gafa by federal agencies, parliamentary committees as well as the prosecutors of almost all American states.
Republican Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley, very critical of the Gafa, welcomed the pending lawsuits of the US government, saying it would be “the largest abuse of dominance lawsuit in a generation.”
This will be the most important antitrust suit in a generation. As the first state attorney general in the country to launch an antitrust investigation of @Google, I applaud this suit as desperately needed and long overdue. #BigTechIt’s free pass is over https://t.co/ivniS8xHFg
– Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 20, 2020Advertisement