DOJ reportedly to file antitrust charges against Google in coming weeks

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 4th, 2020 11:27 am

Last Updated Sep 5th, 2020 at 4:54 pm

The Department of Justice reportedly plans to file an antitrust case against Google this month, despite protests from the legal team that they are not ready, according to five people who leaked the information to the New York Times.

Justice Department officials allegedly told the legal team — comprised of roughly 40 lawyers — to have their work ready by the end of September. Some said they would not sign the complaint, while others left the case during the summer.

The lawyers reportedly expressed concern that Attorney General Bill Barr was rushing the case in order to take credit for it under the Trump administration. Barr has shown deep interest in the Google case, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department has reportedly found evidence that Google participated in anticompetitive practices.

? Google controls roughly 90% of webs searches globally and receives about one-third of every dollar spent on online advertising. Rival companies have complained that the company had solidified its dominance by becoming the default search and browsing tools on Android phones.


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