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Texas Announces a Multi-State Lawsuit Against Google

Texas has kicked off the latest in a slew of legal actions against major tech companies. The state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, said Texas is filing a “multi-state lawsuit against Google for anti-competitive conduct, exclusionary practices, and deceptive misrepresentations.” He didn’t say which states were joining Texas in the antitrust suit, which will focus on Google’s advertising technology practices.

Paxton’s office has been looking into Google’s commanding position in online advertising. Google allows advertisers to bid on ads that are displayed to users in search results and on web services. It’s not clear exactly what charges Texas and the other participating states are bringing against the company, however. As The Verge notes, the suit has yet to surface in court filings.

“Google repeatedly used its monopolistic power to control pricing [and] engage in market collusions to rig auctions in a tremendous violation of justice,” Paxton said in an announcement video. “If the free market were a baseball game, Google positioned itself as the pitcher, the batter and the umpire.” 

Read the source article at Engadget

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