WASHINGTON, January 21 - A federal judge has decided to dismiss the majority of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and other states who accused Alphabet Inc of abuse of its online advertising position.
In its court filing, Google said it did not demonstrate that it illegally worked with Facebook, now Meta, to counteract "header bidding," a technology that publishers might extract money from advertising placed on their websites.
The states had also accused Google of using at least three programs to manipulate ads to force advertisers and publishers to use Google's tools.
Google responded that the states had a "collection of grievances," but no evidence of wrongdoing.
"They criticize Google for not modifying its products to meet its competitors' needs and making improvements to those products that leave its competitors far behind," the company said in its filing.
Google has demanded that four of the six counts be dismissed with prejudice, meaning that it could not be brought back to the same court.
Ken Paxton, a Texas Attorney General, said he will continue the fight. "The company whose motto was once 'Don't Be Evil' now asks the world to examine their egregious monopoly abuses and see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil," he said in a statement.
Two other lawsuits against Google were retracted in September, and the search giant did not demand them to be dismissed on Friday, but may in the future.
The lawsuit is part of a long list of antitrust investigations and federal and state lawsuits against Big Tech platforms.