Google said on Friday: It will not file a request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the US government last month, but it will oppose it in federal court.
On October 20, the Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit against the $ 1 trillion company, accusing it of illegally using its market power to block its competitors in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of major tech companies in decades. Google described the lawsuit as “deeply flawed.”
Google – which owns the world’s most visited website – generated $ 162 billion in revenue in 2019.
Republican Senator (Josh Hawley) – one of the most vocal critics of Google – accused the company of maintaining power through “illegal means”, and described the lawsuit as “the most important antitrust case in a generation.”
The two sides said in a short court note on Friday that Google will refrain from submitting a request to dismiss the lawsuit. She said: She will submit a response to the government’s complaint before December 21.
The two sides also said that they had failed to reach an agreement on how to protect confidential information provided by third parties to the government. They said: They will provide data on their positions by November 13.
In a court filing on October 23, it was stated that Google must respond to the anti-trust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice by December 19.
The lawsuit promises to be the largest anti-trust case in a generation, compared to the lawsuit against Microsoft in 1998, and the 1974 case against AT&T that led to the disintegration of the Bell System.
Microsoft’s lawsuit is credited with paving the way for the explosive growth of the Internet, given that a monopoly audit has prevented the company from trying to hinder competitors.
The lawsuit comes more than a year after the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission launched monopoly investigations with four major technology companies: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.
Seven years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement of a monopoly investigation with Google over alleged bias in its search function in favor of its products. The settlement followed objections from some employee attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission.
It is noteworthy that Google has faced similar legal challenges outside the United States, as the European Union imposed a fine of $ 1.7 billion on Google in 2019 for preventing websites from using its competitors to find advertisers, and a fine of $ 2.6 billion in 2017 for preference for private shopping. Out in search, and a $ 4.9 billion fine in 2018 to block competitors in Android.