California files to join US antitrust lawsuit against Google

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On friday the US state of California asked to join the US Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Google, which makes the nation’s attorney general the first Democrat to openly support the litigation.

The section in October accused the $1 billion California-based firm of illegally using its market muscle to hobble competitions, and was joined by 11 other states when it had been registered.

In particular, California is not seeking to add any new facts or claims,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in the filing, adding that it wouldn’t postpone the situation.

Google has denied wrongdoing, and the firm has said that its search engine and other products are dominant because consumers prefer them.

“We’ll continue to make our case in court.”

The business must respond to California’s request to join the litigation by December the 18th, ” said the judge in the case, US District Judge Amit Mehta.

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The Justice Department welcomed California’s entry to the circumstance, which says Google broke antitrust law to construct and maintain dominance in search and search advertising.

“This landmark antitrust case reflects broad and bipartisan concerns that Google … has maintained its monopoly power by cutting off its competition,” said spokesperson Brianna Herlihy.

In November, we reported that a separate bipartisan group of states plan to file a related suit. The team, made up of Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah, intends to combine its case with the federal government’s case.

California’s Becerra has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden as his nominee for secretary of health and human services – a dominant member of the wellness team to direct the reply to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson and Nandita Bose. Additional reporting by Diane Bartz. Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool.

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