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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google


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The front door of Google's offices in New York City.

The Justice Department has accused Google of building an illegal monopoly over central parts of the internet.

Credit: John Taggart/The New York Times

The Justice Department accused Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising, in the government's most significant legal challenge to a tech company's market power in a generation.

In a lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the agency accused Google, a unit of Alphabet, of using several exclusive business contracts and agreements to lock out competition.

Such contracts include Google's payment of billions of dollars to Apple to place the Google search engine as the default for iPhones. By using contracts to maintain its monopoly, the suit says, competition and innovation has suffered.

 

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