Georgia, 10 other states join Justice Department lawsuit against Google

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, along with the Department of Justice and ten other state Attorneys General, filed today a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent Google from “unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets.” The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. “On behalf of Georgians, our office joined this lawsuit to address Google’s potential anticompetitive conduct in order to maintain a fair and free market for consumers, advertisers and all companies now reliant on the internet economy,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. As alleged in the complaint, Google has entered into a “series of exclusionary agreements to lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the default or exclusive search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide.” Carr said in a statement, “These and other anticompetitive practices can harm competition and consumers, reducing the ability of innovative new companies to develop, compete, and discipline Google’s behavior.”