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United States to Charge Google with Antitrust Violations

United States to Charge Google with Antitrust Violations”

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. Department of Justice, along with a group of state attorneys general, are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Google as soon as this summer.

According to the NYT report, which cites "two people with knowledge of the situation", the DOJ's action against Google will be its biggest antitrust case since the infamous Microsoft case, and it will likely be joined by the attorneys general of several US states as well.

The Justice Department has been investigating Google for almost a year over whether the company is thwarting competition in the digital advertising market, where it holds a dominant position.

The Justice Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The report suggests that this first action against Big Tech will "set a benchmark" for coming antitrust complaints against Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, each of which is now being investigated by various U.S. regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress for different abuses.

This report uses material from Bloomberg and Reuters.

Much of the states' investigation has focused on Google's online advertising business.

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Paxton, whose investigation has focused on Google's role in the online ad market, told the Wall Street Journal that he hoped to finish the probe by the fall.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the multi-state investigation, said they were talking to companies who said that they had been hurt by the search and advertising giant.

Momentum is building anew in the U.S. to take Google to anti-trust court, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that a coalition of state attorneys and the Department of Justice were preparing to file charges against Google in the coming months.

State attorneys general are also investigating the company.

States would likely band together on a single complaint, although some of the attorneys general might drop off before a lawsuit is filed, said a person familiar with the matter.

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