In what is now the first antitrust lawsuit against a technology corporation in more than two decades, the Trump administration has sued Google.
The Justice Department alleges in the government's lawsuit that Google (GOOG) has stifled innovation to retain its dominant presence in the internet search and search advertisement industry.
Eleven counties, namely:—Arkansas, Florida , Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana , Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas, joined the Justice Department in the action.
Google carried out acts that hindered rivalry and discouraged competitors from attracting a meaningful audience, according to the lawsuit.
Allegations include that Google spends billions of dollars a year to makers of computers such as Apple, LG, Motorola, and Samsung and creators of browsers such as Mozilla and Opera to be their default search engine and to prevent them from competing with rivals of Google in certain situations.
The suit says; "Google effectively owns or controls search distribution channels accounting for roughly 80 percent of the general search queries in the United States."
Justice Department officials even warn that Google could be broken up.
"Nothing is off the table," said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who warned that if DOJ did not file suit now, "we could lose the next wave of innovation" and that "Americans may never get to see the next Google."
Google has now responded to the lawsuit.
"Today's lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed," Google SVP Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker wrote in a blog post.
"People use Google because they choose to, not becausethey're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives."
The post goes on to say that the DOJ complaint "relies on dubious antitrust arguments" that "would do nothing to help consumers."