US Justice Dept expected to file antitrust action vs Google

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States (US) Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focussing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general on Thursday regarding the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct.

The anticipated lawsuit against Google could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the groundbreaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago.

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. PHOTO: AP