A coalition of 38 US states filed a new lawsuit against Google in court last week alleging breach of antitrust law. This new complaint focuses specifically on the design of the Google search engine. This is the third time this year that major lawsuits have been filed against Google for antitrust violations.
Phil Weiser, Attorney General of the Democratic Party in Colorado, accompanied by Doug Peterson, Nebraska Republican Attorney Generals are the main leaders of a new coalition of two US parties that is trying to accuse Google of anti-competitive behavior.
In one part of the case, it is mentioned how the search engine is designed and it is stated that Google has designed its search engine in such a way as to prioritize the products of this company in comparison with the products of similar competing companies.
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According to a press release from the New York Attorney General’s Office, 38 US states have asked the court to address and stop Google’s illegal behavior, thereby restoring a competitive market. In addition, members of the coalition formed against Google want to compensate for any advantage that Google has gained as a result of anti-competitive behavior.
Adam Cohen, Google’s director of economic policy, issued a statement following the lawsuit filed by US prosecutors to respond to the allegations. In the statement, Cohen said he and members of his team are well aware that close oversight of large companies such as Google is important, and that they are ready to answer questions and resolve issues.
He continued: “This new complaint seeks to redesign our search engine; “In a way that deprives Americans of access to useful information and damages the ability of their businesses to communicate with their customers.” Adam Cohen says Google is looking forward to the trial to provide its explanation while focusing on providing a quality search experience to users.
The new US lawsuit specifically targets Google’s power in the marketplace, saying the company could remove some websites and services from search results as it pleased.
Part of the text of the complaint states that Google provides advertisements to some specialized companies in the field of VSP; But depending on the business part of the ad, it does not necessarily limit the usefulness of the ad. In addition, according to the complaint, Google is using its monopoly power to extract large amounts of customer data from VSP service providers and use the same data to compete with those companies.
Last week’s complaint is the latest complaint that has caused problems for Google this year. Last Wednesday, the Texas Attorney General filed new charges against Google for violating antitrust laws. Of course, the Texas complaint refers to Google’s advertising behavior and, more precisely, targets the prerequisites that Google imposes on publishers.
In addition, a few months ago, the US Department of Justice opened a new case with 11 Democratic attorney generals. The Justice Department case focused on Google’s exclusive contracts with Android and Apple smartphone makers, making Google the default search engine for devices.
Shortly after the Ministry of Justice opened its case, Kenneth WalkerGoogle’s senior vice president of global affairs has announced that the company intends to challenge the case. “People use Google of their choice, not because they have to or can’t find alternative services,” Walker said at the time. “This complaint will not help customers.”