California is trying to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google, according to a court that filed the state filed on Friday.
The move makes Google’s home state the first with a Democratic government trying to join the DOJ and eleven Republican Attorney General. California didn’t join the first group of 50 states and territories to launch an investigation into the search giant last year, but Politico later reported that it had conducted its own investigation.
A Google spokesperson referred CNBC to the company’s earlier response to the DOJ’s lawsuit, which described the complaint as “deeply flawed”.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra, recently elected President-Elect Joe Biden to head the Department of Health and Human Services, said on the file that California would not seek changes to the original complaint announced in October.
“By using exclusion agreements for market dominance, Google has suppressed competition and manipulated the advertising market,” Becerra said in a press release. “This lawsuit paves the way for search engine innovations that take privacy and data protection into account.”
Several other states have said they are continuing to investigate Google. Filing their own complaints will allow them to try to join the existing lawsuit, which may expand the allegations against the company.
The DOJ’s lawsuit alleges that Google illegally maintained a monopoly on general online search by removing key sales channels from rivals.
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