The U.S. Department of Justice is likely to file an expected antitrust suit against Google early next week without the support of any general Democratic state attorneys.
The first major case of monopolization in decades came as both sides of the aisle ruined Google and other tech companies like Facebook and Amazon about their influence on the US economy.
According to Politico, the Trump administration expects to get bipartisan support for its claim.
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For months, the Department of Justice was in the midst of negotiating with a team of attorney generals from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico ̵1; which conducted a separate investigation, expected to produce a unified complaint to the world’s largest search. machine, Politico reported.
The support of Democrats could help the case under the potential administration of Joe Biden if the former vice president is elected.
Republican general lawyers joined both the Department of Justice and a coalition of their fellow Democrats, sources familiar with the suit told Politico.
The bipartisan group – led by Democratic attorneys general in Colorado and Iowa along with the Nebraska attorney general – is expected to file an antitrust complaint challenging Google someday.
They expressed their concerns about what they viewed as the Department of Justice’s narrow approach to the case and believed that the separation would allow for more leverage if the Department of Justice and Google negotiated an agreement that they do not approve.
A third Texas state-led antitrust complaint is likely to be filed in the coming weeks as well. That suit, which focuses on Google’s power in the advertising technology market, has been tainted by bribery and improper influence allegations against Texas Republican Attorney Ken Paxton, Politico said.
The number of states to sign the Justice Department complaint next week is unknown, though Louisiana Republican Attorney Jeff Landry said he plans to join the lawsuit.
To date, Google investigations have been bipartisan with prosecutors from the Justice Department and almost every U.S. state.
Landry and attorney general for eight other Republican-led states met with Attorney General William Barr to discuss the case last month.
The complaint will allegedly include allegations that Google has used strict contracts with smartphone makers and telecom providers to ensure that its search engine is set as default on devices using the Android operating system.
Google’s contract with Apple is likely to be included in the complaint as well.
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Europe’s main competition agency, the European Commission, fined Google nearly $ 5 billion for Android-related behavior in 2018.
Fox Business reached out to Google and the Department of Justice for comment.