‘Long Overdue’ Antitrust Cases Brewing Against Google at State and Federal Levels

WASHINGTON — Anti-monopoly groups are celebrating news that the Justice Department and state attorneys general are investigating online behemoth Google for possible antitrust cases.

“An antitrust case against Google is long overdue, said Sarah Miller, executive director of the Economic Liberties Project. “We hope that state attorneys general and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division address the long-standing monopoly power of Google, which has more than 90% of the mobile search market and, alongside Facebook, dominates digital advertising.”

News of the investigation and the likely filing of a case broke Friday in the Wall Street Journal, which quoted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as saying his office had issued subpoenas to the company an impacted third parties.

“We hope to have the investigation wrapped up by fall,” said Paxton. “If we determine that filing is merited we will go to court soon after that.”

According to CNBC:

The states’ investigation has been mostly focused on Google’s online advertising business, according to the report, though CNBC previously reported that its scope had expanded to include both search and its Android mobile operating system. Even if some states bring a suit against Google related to its ad business, it’s possible others could choose to pursue separate cases following different legal theories.

The DOJ’s probe has focused on Google’s ad business, but also more broadly on allegations that it has used its dominance in the search market to squash competitors, according to the Journal. The publication was not able to learn which legal theories the DOJ would seek to pursue if it brings a case.

In a statement, Google said it was continuing “to engage with the ongoing investigations led by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Paxton.”

“We don’t have any updates or comments on speculation,” a company spokeswoman told Market Watch. “Our focus is firmly on providing services that help consumers, support thousands of businesses, and enable increased choice and competition.”

As the New York Times reported, Google’s dominance of the internet is daunting:

Google captures roughly one-third of every dollar spent in online advertising. Its search engine is the on-ramp to the internet and controls what information users see, while the company owns many of the critical tools and technologies used to advertise online. It also boasts seven businesses with more than one billion users.

“If you thought the antitrust cases of big tech were a memory, you’d be mistaken,” tweeted Times reporter Cecilia Kang.

The American Economic Liberties Project released the following statement in response to reporting from the Wall Street Journal, which indicates the Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Google:

“An antitrust case against Google is long overdue,” said Economic Liberties Executive Director Sarah Miller. “We hope that state attorneys general and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division address the long-standing monopoly power of Google, which has more than 90% of the mobile search market and, alongside Facebook, dominates digital advertising.”

Economic Liberties’ Sarah Miller, Matt Stoller, and Zephyr Teachout recently published “Addressing Facebook and Google’s Harms Through a Regulated Competition Approach,” a new paper that explains how Facebook and Google developed business models toxic to democracy, civil rights, and public health, and breaks down a series of solutions to rein in big tech.

A list of Google’s publicly-disclosed acquisitions through 2019 is below.

  • February 2001: Deja
  • September 2001: Outride
  • February 2003: Pyra Labs
  • April 2003: Neotonic Software, Applied Semantics and Kaltix
  • October 2003: Sprinks and Genius Labs
  • May 2004: Ignite Logic
  • July 2004: Picasa
  • September 2004: ZipDash
  • October 2004: Where 2 Technologies and Keyhole
  • March 2005: Urchin Software Corp
  • May 2005: Dodgeball
  • July 2005: Reqwireless
  • August 2005: Android
  • November 2005: Skia and Akwan Information Technologies
  • December 2005: Phatbits, allPAY GmbH and bruNET GmbH
  • January 2006: dMarc Broadcasting
  • February 2006: Measure Map
  • March 2006: Upstartle and “@” Last Software
  • April 2006: Orion
  • June 2006: 2Web Technologies
  • August 2006: Neven Vision and Youtube
  • October 2006: JotSpot
  • December 2006: Endoxon
  • February 2007: AdScape
  • March 2007: Trendalyzer
  • April 2007: DoubleClick, Tonic Systems and Marratech video conference software
  • May 2007: GreenBorder and Panoramio
  • June 2007: FeedBurner, PeaksStream, Zenter and GrandCentral
  • July 2007: Postini and ImageAmerica
  • September 2007: Zingku
  • October 2007: Jaiku
  • July 2008: Begun and Omnisio
  • September 2008: TNC
  • August 2009: On2, reCAPTCHA and Eluceon Research
  • November 2009: AdMob, Gizmo5, Teracent and AppJet
  • February 2010: Aardvark
  • February 2010: reMail
  • March 2010: Picnik, DocVerse and Episodic
  • April 2010: PinkArt, Agnilux, LabPixies and BumpTop
  • May 2010: Global IP Solutions, Simplify Media, Ruba.com, Invite Media and Instantiations
  • July 2010: Metaweb
  • August 2010: Slide.com, Jambool, Like.com, Angstro and SocialDeck
  • September 2010: Plannr, Quiksee and MentorWave Technologies
  • October 2010: BlindType
  • December 2010: Phonetic Arts, Widevine Technologies and Zetawire
  • January 2011: eBook Technologies, SayNow and Motorola Mobility (SOLD 2013)
  • March 2011: BeatThatQuote.com, Next New Networks, Green Parrot Pictures, Zynamics
  • April 2011: PushLife, ITA Software and TalkBin
  • May 2011: 510 Systems, Anthony Robots, Modu and Sparkbuy
  • June 2011: PostRank, Admeld, and Sage TV
  • July 2011: Punchd, Fridge, PittPatt
  • August 2011: Dealmap
  • September 2011: Zave Networks, Zagat, DailyDeal
  • October 2011: SocialGrapple
  • November 2011: Apture and Katango
  • December 2011: RightsFlow and Clever Sense
  • March 2012: Milk
  • April 2012: TxVia
  • June 2012: Meebo and Quickoffice
  • July 2012: Sparrow, Wildfire Interactive and Cuban Council
  • September 2012: VirusTotal.com and Nik Software
  • November 2012: Incentive Targeting and Bufferbox
  • January 2013: Schaft, Industrial Preception, Redwood Robotics, Meka Robotics, Holomni, Bot & Dolly, and Autofuss
  • March 2013: Channel Intelligence, DNNresearch, and Talaria Technologies
  • April 2013: Behavio and Wavii
  • May 2013: Makani Power and MyEnergy (SHUT DOWN)
  • June 2013: Waze
  • August 2013: WIMM Labs
  • September 2013: Calico,  and Bump
  • October 2013: Flutter and FlexyCore
  • January 2014: Bitspin, Imprermium and DeepMind Technologies
  • February 2014: Nest, SlickLogin, spider.io
  • March 2014: GreenThrottle
  • April 2014: Titan Aerospace
  • May 2014: Rangespan, Adometry, Appetas, Stackdriver, Quest Visual, and Divide
  • June 2014: mDialog, Aplental Technologies, Baarzo, and Appurify
  • July 2014: Dropcam, Songza and drawElements
  • August 2014: Skybox Imaging, Emu, Directr, Jetpac, Gecko Design, and Zync Render
  • September 2014: Lift Labs, Polar and Input Factory
  • October 2014: Agawi, Firebase, Dark Blue Labs, Vision Factory and Revolv
  • November 2014: Lumedyne Technologies and RelativeWave
  • December 2014: Vidmaker
  • January 2015: Granata Decision Systems
  • February 2015: Launchpad Toys, Odysee, Softcard and Red Hot Labs
  • April 2015: Thrive Audio and Skillman & Hackett
  • May 2015: Timeful and Pulse.io
  • July 2015: Pixate
  • September 2015: Oyster and Jibe Mobile
  • October 2015: Digisfera
  • November 2015: Fly Labs and Bebop
  • February 2016: BandPage and Pie
  • May 2016: Synergyse
  • June 2016: Webpass
  • July 2016: Moodstocks, Anvato, Kifi and LaunchKit
  • August 2016: Orbitera and Apportable
  • September 2016: Urban Engines and Api.ai
  • October 2016: Apigee, FameBit and Eyefluence
  • November 2016: LeapDroid and Qwiklabs
  • December 2016: Cronologics
  • January 2017: Crashlytics and Fabric
  • March 2017: Kaggle and AppBridge
  • May 2017: Owlchemy Labs
  • July 2017: Halli Labs
  • August 2017: AIMatter and Senosis
  • September 2017: Bitium
  • October 2017: Relay Media and 60db
  • November 2017: Banter
  • January 2018: Limes Audio AND htc cORPORATION
  • February 2018: Xively
  • March 2018: Lytro Tenor
  • May 2018: Velostrata and Cask
  • August 2018: GraphicsFuzz
  • October 2018: Onward
  • November 2018: Workbench and rEDUX
  • December 2018: Where is My Train and Sigmoid Labs
  • January 2019: Superpod
  • February 2019: Alooma
  • March 2019: Nightcorn
  • June 2019: Looker
  • July 2019: Elastifile
  • October 2019: Socratic
  • December 2019: Typhoon Studios

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* This article was automatically syndicated and expanded from Common Dreams and Raw Story.

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