DOJ files antitrust lawsuit against Google

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The Justice Department on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google.

The long-anticipated suit accused the tech giant of abusing its market dominance to stifle competition for its flagship search engine and its related advertising business.

“Google is the gateway to the internet and a search advertising behemoth,” Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen said. “It has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition.”

The Justice Department also is investigating Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and other companies, so the case against Google could mark the beginning of a broader crackdown on tech giants.

Google said it would defend itself vigorously, calling the lawsuit “deeply flawed” and unfair. “People use Google because they choose to,” the company said, “not because they’re forced to or because they can’t find alternatives.”

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