The internet giant Google may be about to get cut down to size.
Politico reports that Google is now facing a third antitrust lawsuit.
It’s not just Republicans this time, either.
Politico reports that a bipartisan coalition of some 35 states – plus Puerto Rico, Guam, and Washington, D.C. – has come together to bring this lawsuit against Google. It was filed in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
According to Politico, the lawsuit “alleges Google has maintained its monopoly in the search market by abusing its power in other markets such as smart speakers, voice assistants, connected cars, and digital advertising.”
The bipartisan coalition is asking the court to make Google sell assets in order to break down the monopoly that it has. The coalition, according to Politico, is specifically looking “to restore competition in three overlapping markets: online search and two areas of online search advertising.”
The other two cases
This week, Breitbart reported that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed a similar antitrust suit against Google. He was joined by Arkansas, Indiana, Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah.
Paxton accuses Google of having “monopolized or attempted to monopolize products and services used by advertisers and publishers in online-display advertising” and having engaged “in false, misleading, and deceptive acts while selling, buying, and auctioning online-display ads.”
According to Breitbart, Paxton is looking to make it more difficult for Google to “arbitrarily punish websites by artificially manipulating the price of online ads.”
The third antitrust suit that Google is facing was brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) back in October. According to Fox News, “The DOJ suit alleges that Google has used its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost profits.”
The DOJ, accordingly, is also looking to break up Google’s monopoly in “general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising.”
Google, thus far, has issued a response to all three lawsuits claiming that it has done nothing wrong.
In response to the latest lawsuit, Adam Cohen, Google’s director of economic policy, said, “This lawsuit seeks to redesign Search in ways that would deprive Americans of helpful information and hurt businesses’ ability to connect directly with customers.”