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Nine More US States Join DOJ Suit Against Google

 |  April 17, 2023

Eight states have been joined by nine others in a lawsuit against Google LLC, claiming that the company’s advertising business violates antitrust laws.

In January, a lawsuit was filed alleging that Google utilizes its significant role in the provision of sell-side and buy-side advertising tools to negatively impact market competition. The suit claims that Google elevates the barriers to entry into the market to artificially high levels, leading to the departure of competitors from the advertising technology industry and, in certain cases, discouraging them from entering. Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Washington and West Virginia have joined the lawsuit with California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.

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In a statement, the Department of Justice claimed that Google is monopolizing multiple digital advertising technology products in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

“We look forward to litigating this important case alongside our state law enforcement partners to end Google’s long-running monopoly in digital advertising technology markets,” Doha Mekki, principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, noted as the additional states joined the lawsuit.

Google spoke out against the lawsuit in January, claiming that the “DOJ is doubling down on a flawed argument that would slow innovation, raise advertising fees, and make it harder for thousands of small businesses and publishers to grow.”