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World Google sued by US courts for abuse of dominant position

20:20  20 october  2020
20:20  20 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Eleven Republican state attorneys general have joined the DOJ as plaintiffs. Google 's search and "Over the last year, both the US DOJ and state attorneys general have conducted separate but He said the department would continue to look into dominant internet platforms for potential misconduct.

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Le ministère américain de la Justice a engagé mardi des poursuites contre Google pour atteinte au droit de la concurrence. © Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters The US Department of Justice on Tuesday initiated proceedings against Google for infringement of competition law.

The US Department of Justice and 11 US states opened antitrust proceedings against Google on Tuesday. The web giant is accused of infringing competition law.

It is a large-scale legal action that the American government has just launched. The Justice Department on Tuesday (October 20) brought proceedings against Google for infringement of competition law in an attempt to preserve its monopoly in the field of search and online advertisements, according to a source close to the file which confirms the revelations of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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The US government has filed charges against Google , accusing the company of violating competition law to preserve its monopoly over internet searches and online advertising. The lawsuit marks the biggest challenge brought by US regulators against a major tech company in years.

Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U . S . District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising

According to the American authorities, this procedure will constitute "a priority of the Attorney General,

William Barr ".

These lawsuits represent the most important legal action in more than 20 years carried out by the American federal government against one of the giants of the American "Big Tech". The complaint is expected to be filed in federal court in the US capital Washington DC.

"Structural changes"

The American authorities have called for "structural" changes in the web giant, which could pave the way for the group's dismantling.

The Department of Justice and eleven US states, mostly Republican including Texas and Florida, seek to prevent Google from "maintaining illegal monopolies in the markets for general search services, advertising research and general search for advertisements in the United States ".

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Google 's market dominance is facing a fresh challenge after a technology start-up launched a legal action against the tech giant. Matt Berriman, co-founder, told The Sun: “Our legal advisers have confidence that the threats made by Google represent an abuse of its dominant position and a

Google owes its dominant market position to talent and ingenuity and shouldn’t be punished by antitrust regulators in Europe, writes Pascal Salin. There is no doubt that Google holds a unique position on the internet. In terms of search activity, it has commanded around 90% of the market for

Google described the legal action as "deeply flawed" in a tweet.

The Gafa in the sights of the American authorities

Like its competitors Amazon, Facebook and Apple, Google has been

targeted by the American authorities for several years.

Various investigations have been launched against the Gafa by federal agencies, parliamentary committees as well as the prosecutors of almost all American states.

At the political level, these groups attract the wrath of both conservative elected officials, who accuse them of partiality, and progressive elected officials, who are worried about infringements of competition law and the strengthening of inequalities caused by Big Tech .

Google was fined

€ 4.3 billion in 2018 from the European competition authorities for unfair practices in the Android ecosystem, in order to strengthen its dominant position, particularly in the field of internet research.

With Reuters and AFP

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