The US Department of Justice will initiate proceedings against Google for infringement of competition law, said a judicial source familiar with the matter, Tuesday, October 20.
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These lawsuits, confirmed by the source after revelations from the New York Times and you Wall Street Journal, represent the largest legal action in more than 20 years by the US federal government against one of the GAFAs. The complaint is expected to be filed in federal court in the US capital Washington DC.
The government’s recommendations are not yet known, but they could include recommendations aimed at dismantling parts of the search engine giant.
Several investigations launched against GAFA
Google was fined 4.3 billion euros in 2018 from the European competition authorities for unfair practices in the Android ecosystem, in order to strengthen its dominant position, particularly in the field of search on Internet.
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Like its competitors Amazon, Facebook and Apple, Google has been in the crosshairs of the American authorities for several years. Various investigations have been launched against GAFA by federal agencies, parliamentary committees, and prosecutors in almost all US states.
Reinforcement of inequalities?
At the political level, these groups have drawn the wrath of both conservative elected representatives, who accuse them of partiality, and progressive elected representatives, who are worried about infringements of competition law and the strengthening of inequalities caused by the « Big Tech ».
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Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, highly critical of the GAFA, welcomed the U.S. government’s expected prosecution, saying it would be “The largest abuse of dominance lawsuit in a generation.”