Earlier this week (01.24.23) the Justice Department and several states sued Google alleging that the company’s dominance in digital advertising harms competition. The government alleges that Google “neutralizes or eliminates” its competition through acquisitions and forces advertisers to use its products by making it difficult to use competitors’ products, the AP reports.
This isn’t the first time that the U.S. Government has sued Google. In October 2020, the Trump administration and 11 state attorneys general sued Google for violating antitrust laws, which alleged the company practiced in anticompetitive tactics in the search advertising markets. Additionally, in December 2020, the Biden administration and new states with 35 states and the District of Colombia sued Google over the exact same issues. This new antitrust suit was filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.