The attorneys general of Puerto Rico and four U.S. states (Florida, Nevada, Montana and Alaska) joined on Tuesday the antitrust lawsuit against Google filed last December and led by Texas, one of the judicial fronts opened against the company.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, announced through a statement the state’s new supporters in his court battle against the internet giant, which are added to the other 10 that were already part of the original complaint, bringing the total number of states and territories plaintiffs to 15.
“I am proud to welcome Alaska, Florida, Montana, Nevada and Puerto Rico to our multi-state lawsuit against the monopolistic tech giant. Today’s developments underscore the broad consensus that Google’s practices require a swift response under antitrust and consumer protection laws,” Paxton said.
The Texas-led lawsuit focuses on the technology that the world’s most widely used search engine company uses to connect buyers of online advertising space with sellers, which Paxton said allows it to “control the prices” of online ads.
In parallel to this lawsuit, Google must also face another complaint filed on October 20 last year against it by the Department of Justice and 11 states -including Texas- for alleged monopolistic practices of its search engine, in which 80% of searches are performed on computers and 90% on mobiles.
Announced after a year of investigations, this lawsuit accuses the company headed by Sundar Pichai of having used illegal actions to occupy a dominant position in the market and prevent its competitors (such as Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo) from accessing the main distribution channels.