The US Department of Justice, along with Attorneys General of 11 states, filed a class antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the tech giant of maintaining an illegal monopoly on Internet search and search advertising.
The widely anticipated lawsuit is the most significant antitrust case since the Department of Justice sued Microsoft in 1988 over its monopoly in the software market.
The current lawsuit is the result of a year-long investigation against Google and three other tech giants: Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
Attorney General William Barr called the lawsuit a grandiose case “for both the Justice Department and the American people.”
“This lawsuit strikes at the very foundations of Google’s control of the Internet for the benefit of millions of American consumers, advertisers, small businesses and entrepreneurs,” Barr said.