Editor's note: This article originally made reference to the DOJ's 2023 antitrust complaint against Google rather than the 2020 complaint that is the subject of the trial. The article has been clarified.
The news: Google will defend itself in court next Tuesday against allegations from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it used anticompetitive practices to stifle competition in mobile search, kicking off the regulator's first internet antitrust challenge since it sued Microsoft in 1998.
The claims: In its complaint, the DOJ alleged that Google's payments to Apple to make its search engine the default for Safari on iOS, and its contracts with phone manufacturers requiring pre-installation of Google services on Android phones, amount to anticompetitive actions that limit consumer and advertiser choice.
Bad looks: Google may take comfort in a series of failed antitrust challenges from the Federal Trade Commission, but several controversies give the DOJ plenty of evidence to back up its claims.
Our take: The DOJ’s suit may be against Google, but it could also open the door for broader antitrust challenges against other internet giants that regulators like the FTC have struggled to maintain.
First Published on Sep 11, 2023
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