According to the lawsuit, Google and Facebook's CEOs have signed a allegedly unlawful ad agreement
According to a newly unredacted court filing, the chief executives of Facebook and Google personally signed off on a contract that allegedly gave the social network an advantage.
The Wall Street Journal and Politico had previously stated that some elements of the ad deal were incorrect.
According to Politico, the newly unsealed court document alleges that Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were personally involved in approving the ad agreement.
The original lawsuit claimed that Alphabet-owned Google allegedly harmed its competitors by engaging in "false, deceptive, or misleading acts" while operating its online ad exchange. It also claimed that Facebook was allegedly teamed up illegally with the search company, which was one of its biggest competitors in digital advertising.
According to Schottenfels, the lawsuit is lacking merit and contains unrelated facts. "We signed hundreds of agreements every year that don't require CEO approval, and this was no different," he added in a statement. Facebook is one of more than 25 companies that participate in its ad bidding program
In an e-mail, a spokesperson for Meta said "these business relationships allow Meta to deliver more value to advertisers."
CNET hasn't been able to independently obtain the unredacted lawsuit, but it doesn't yet appear to be available in Pacer, a database of federal lawsuits.
Publishers are reacting to their decisions.
Google and Facebook are also said to be from over 30 publishers across the country that print.
The wave of litigation from publishers comes as the legislation, accusing the company of monopoly in search and online advertising. Facebook is also over allegations the social media site maintained its dominance by acquiring or eliminating companies it considers as competitive threats.
Some argue that the alleged involvement of Google's and Facebook's senior executives in transactions that publishers believe have harmed their businesses is evidence.
"The unredacted complaint in the ad tech lawsuit should rest the argument that Google wins simply because its products are "better,"" said David Chavern, the president and CEO of the, a nonprofit operating in Washington, DC. "Anti-competitive side deals and market manipulation don't count as innovation," said Chavern, the CEO of the, a nonprofit that represents nearly 2,000 new organizations in the United States. "It's important that this era is coming to an end