The US Authorities May Accuse Google Of Monopolizing The Search And Advertising Sectors
The US Department of Justice is expected to file a lawsuit against Google within a few months, accusing it of violating antitrust laws in the areas of search and advertising on the Internet, according to Politico.
According to Politico, earlier in the day, employees of the US Department of Justice and antitrust offices of several American States held a meeting via video link. They agreed on several issues related to the claim. It is expected to include provisions that Google has "monopolized the advertising technology market." Besides, the document will deal with agreements between this Corporation and mobile device manufacturers regarding the fact that their standard settings involve the use of the Google search service.
According to the publication, the final decision on filing a lawsuit will be made in the next few weeks by the Minister of justice - US Attorney General William Barr. The Agency will also have to decide exactly what requirements to present to the Corporation. The publication contains comments from a Google representative. She noted that "the company is still cooperating with the investigation."
The Politico newspaper states that if the lawsuit is filed, it will be the "first significant trial in decades" concerning antitrust violations that the US Justice Department will conduct against a large American company. According to the publication, the last time such a process was initiated by the Department in the late 1990s in relation to Microsoft. She then lost the trial, but later reached an agreement with the authorities.
Barr said in March that the US Justice Department is conducting checks on Google and may decide in the summer whether to charge her. Prosecutors in more than 40 States launched an antitrust investigation against Google in September 2019. Initially, it was supposed to concern the advertising policy of a company owned by the American Corporation Alphabet. Later it became known that the prosecutors also intend to pay attention to the search engines used by Google, and projects related to the Android platform owned by the company.
In July 2019, it became known that the US authorities are preparing to launch a large-scale investigation against Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple to check for possible violations of antitrust laws by these companies.