Google should be ready to face an antitrust lawsuit in the upcoming months as the Justice Department and a team of state attorneys will be pressing charges, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Attorney General William Barr said previously that the committee will be taking the decision sometime in summer.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed the report and said that he would “hope to have the investigation wrapped up by fall” but did not comment on when the charges will be pressed.
Source: The Verge
This lawsuit comes as a surprise as the US government is finally trying to regulate Google and that too with the help of law enforcement agencies. Previously, the tech giant was asked to give more than 10000 documents to the investigators because the company was accused of monopolizing ads. This was confirmed by Paxton on Thursday who said that the primary offense was Google’s online advertising network that has become the heart of the company in recent years.
“We think Google has 7,000 data points on just about every human being alive,” Paxton told reporters on the call. “They control the buy-side [of online advertising], the sell-side and the market which we are concerned gives them way too much power.”
Google refused to comment on the Wall Street Journal report as its representative said, “We continue to engage with the ongoing investigations led by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Paxton and we don’t have any updates or comments on speculation.”
Paxton also said that more developments would be made on the case soon. “We are on a good path to completing our investigation,” he told reporters, “and I think you’ll see things happening relatively soon.”