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Jude Rules Google Must Face DOJ Antitrust Suit Over Ad Tech

 |  April 28, 2023

On Friday a federal judge denied Google’s motion to dismiss a Justice Department antitrust case focused on advertising technology. The Jude said the government’s case was strong enough to proceed.
The DOJ filed the ad tech lawsuit in January, and has argued that Google should be forced to sell its ad manager suite.
“I’m going to deny the defendant’s motion to dismiss,” Judge Leonie Brinkema said in a federal court in Virginia. 

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Google’s motion is the company’s latest effort to end costly, time-consuming antitrust lawsuits. It also asked a federal court in Washington to dismiss claims in a 2020 lawsuit filed by the government.

Arguing for Google, Eric Mahr said that the Justice Department failed to allege a high enough market share, 70%, to be able to say that Google had market power.