The US Department of Justice is expected to file a much-anticipated antitrust lawsuit against Google early next week without the backing of any Democratic attorney general.
The first major case of monopolization in decades comes as both sides of the aisle hammered Google and other tech companies like Facebook and Amazon over their influence on the U.S. economy.
According to Politico, the Trump administration had hoped to gain bipartisan support for his claim.
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For months, the Justice Department has been negotiating with a group of attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – who have conducted separate investigations, hoping to form a unified complaint over the largest research in the world. engine, Politico reported.
Support from the Democrats could have helped the matter under a potential Joe Biden administration if the former vice president was elected.
Republican attorneys general have joined both the Justice Department and a coalition of their fellow Democrats, sources familiar with the trial told Politico.
The bipartisan group – led by the Democratic attorneys general of Colorado and Iowa along with the Republican attorney general of Nebraska – plans to file an antitrust complaint challenging Google at a later date.
They had expressed concern about what they saw as the Department of Justice’s narrow approach to the case and believed that a separate filing would allow more weight if the Department of Justice and Google negotiate. a regulation they do not approve.
A third antitrust complaint launched by the state of Texas is also expected to be filed in the coming weeks. This lawsuit, which highlights Google’s power in the ad tech market, has been marred by bribes and abusive allegations of influence against Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, Politico says .
It is unknown how many states will sign the Justice Department’s complaint next week, although Louisiana Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has announced plans to join the lawsuit.
So far, Google’s investigations have been bipartisan with prosecutors from the Department of Justice and nearly every state in the United States.
Landry and attorneys general from eight other Republican-led states met with Attorney General William Barr to discuss the trial last month.
The complaint would include claims that Google used restrictive contracts with smartphone makers and telecommunications providers to ensure that its search engine is set by default on devices running its Android operating system.
Google’s contract with Apple is also likely to be included in the complaint.
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Europe’s leading competition agency, the European Commission, fined Google around $ 5 billion for its Android-related behavior in 2018.
Fox Business has contacted Google and the Department of Justice for comment.