U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The relevant statement was published by the Department's Office of Public Affairs.
It is reported that DOJ intends to stop the company from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms.
"As one of the wealthiest companies on the planet with a market value of 1 trillion dollars, Google is the monopoly gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, European Union regulators are making a "hit list" of up to 20 large internet companies, which will potentially include Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet's Google.
They will be facing new and tougher rules aimed at curbing their market power.