Experts: Google antitrust case to turn on how search engine grew dominant


Google was accused in the long-anticipated lawsuit of harming competition in Internet search and search advertising through distribution agreements and other restrictions that put its search tool front and center whenever consumers browsed the Web. To win, the US Department of Justice must prove that Google gained or maintained monopoly power through abusive conduct, or something beyond competition on the merits. — Reuters

OAKLAND, California/NEW YORK: The US government’s antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google appears strong, but could face an uphill battle from a business-friendly judiciary that may question whether a free search engine beloved by consumers has actually left them worse off, several legal experts said.

Google was accused in the long-anticipated lawsuit filed on Tuesday of harming competition in Internet search and search advertising through distribution agreements and other restrictions that put its search tool front and center whenever consumers browsed the Web.

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