Friday, December 18, 2020

Google Slapped With Two Antitrust Lawsuits Filed Within 24 Hours

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again: Google is no stranger when it comes to being hit with lawsuits and deals with them regularly. Recently, the search engine found itself the subject of not one, but two lawsuits, filed against it within a span of 24 hours.

The two antitrust lawsuits were filed in the US by the Colorado Attorney General, Phil Weiser, but involves the states of Texas and Colorado. According to the court filing, Weiser’s lawsuits are accusing the tech giant of violating Section 2 of the “Sherman Act”, which prohibits any “monopolisation, attempted monopolisation, or conspiracy or combination to monopolise.”

Simply put, Weiser says that Google’s “anti-competitive actions” has virtually eliminated its rivals and deprived consumes of the benefits of competitive choices, as well as hindering and undermining the competition.

Collectively, the two lawsuits are the third of such filing against Google this year, the second one having been filed just months ago by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). In that lawsuit, the DOJ accused Google of engaging in essentially similar actions.

At the time of writing, Google has yet to release any official statement or response to the filing of the lawsuits.

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