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Attorneys general from Iowa and 37 other states are suing Google LLC for alleged anti-competitive conduct.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and his colleagues allege that Google has used exclusionary contacts and conduct to illegally maintain a monopoly on general search engines and related advertising markets.
The company has used that power to “accumulate and leverage data to the detriment of consumers,” the attorneys general said.
“Combined with the other recent lawsuits filed against Google, never before have so many states and the federal government come together to challenge a company with such power,” Miller said. “Google has more data on consumers, and more variety of information, than perhaps any entity in history.”
The states’ complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes after a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on Oct. 2. The federal government alleged that Google improperly maintains its monopoly power in general search and search advertising through the use of exclusionary agreements.
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