Google Challenges U.S. Govt Lawsuit, Denies Anticompetitive Practices

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Google has submitted a motion seeking a federal court in Virginia to dismiss the US government's antitrust lawsuit.
Google has submitted a motion seeking a federal court in Virginia to dismiss the US government's antitrust lawsuit.

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, has filed a motion urging a federal court in Virginia to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. government. 

The move marks a notable escalation in the ongoing legal dispute over Google’s alleged anticompetitive practices in the online advertising market.

Accusations of Anticompetitive Practices:

The Justice Department’s lawsuit, filed in January 2023, accuses Google of leveraging its dominant position in the digital advertising industry to stifle competition. 

Among the allegations is the assertion that Google abused its control over the online advertising market and should be compelled to divest its ad manager suite.

Asserting Compliance with Antitrust Regulations:

In its response, Google argues that the DOJ’s case exceeds the boundaries of antitrust law and fails to regulate the specific conduct in question. 

The tech giant contends that its business practices are lawful and aim to enhance customer experience rather than engage in anticompetitive behavior.

Significance of Google’s Advertising Business:

Google’s online advertising network, including its ad manager suite, constitutes a substantial portion of its revenue, contributing 12% in 2021. 

This segment is crucial to Google’s overall sales and is integral to its search engine and cloud services.

Timeline and Legal Proceedings:

The Justice Department’s case trial is scheduled for September. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema will preside over proceedings in the Virginia federal court. 

The judge can shape the lawsuit’s scope or dismiss it entirely before trial. Both parties can pursue summary judgment, a review based on factual evidence.

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