U.S. sues Google over ad tech business – court document

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The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Alphabet’s Google, for alleged abuse of dominant position in the digital advertising business, according to a court document.

“Google has used anti-competitive, exclusionary and illegal means to remove or severely reduce any threat to its dominance over digital advertising technologies,” the government states in its lawsuit.

This is the second federal antitrust complaint filed against Google, alleging violations of antitrust law in the way the company acquires or maintains its dominance. The Justice Department’s complaint against Google in 2020 focuses on its monopoly on search and is scheduled to go to trial in September.

Eight states joined the department in the lawsuit filed Tuesday, including California, Google’s home state.

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