The opening of a federal lawsuit against Google for abuse of a dominant position in the United States has been in the final straight line for several years. The US Department of Justice must meet with prosecutors to initiate its action.
A crucial week is ahead for Google. After the US Department of Justice launched an investigation into abuse of dominance against the search and online advertising giant last year, it is preparing to officially initiate proceedings. According to confirmatory sources reported by the Washington Post and the New York Times, a meeting with a dozen attorneys-general is due to take place this week before US Attorney General William Pelham Barr oversees this large-scale prosecution. The latter comes after the one that hit Google in Europe and was sentenced to a record fine of 4.34 billion euros.
“The case should focus on the company’s research activities and whether the company has used its dominant research position to block its competitors and harm consumers, some people say.” The lawsuit may also accuse the company of anticompetitive practices in the advertising technology market, but that part of the investigation wasn’t as advanced as the research, ”says the New York Times. During a 15-month investigation, the US Department of Justice spoke to hundreds of companies that filed complaints against Google for abusing a dominant position in searching and surfing the Internet on Android devices.
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This process, run by the Justice Department, does not replace any other action taken at the local level by other prosecutors as it is known that others could join the federal process later, including Democratic prosecutors who could join this movement after the Justice Department 2020 presidential election the only one targeted by the US Department of Justice, others are also on the grill, including Facebook, Apple and Amazon.
“The White House is expected to receive Republican attorneys-general on Wednesday to discuss a controversial decade-old federal law preventing social media platforms from being held accountable for content posted by their users,” said the Washington Post. ‘According to two sources near the case. And White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “The attorneys-general are at the forefront of this matter and President Trump wants their views.” Will there also be a common position on Google’s upcoming antitrust lawsuit on the agenda? It is far from impossible.