Google claims it doesn’t obstruct competitors in an effort to dismiss a US government antitrust lawsuit
Google contended that it was improper for the government to forego vying to be the default operating system for cell phones.
On Wednesday, Google parent Alphabet claimed that a federal antitrust lawsuit against it should be dismissed, claiming that agreements it signed with Apple and others to make Google the default search engine do not prevent smartphone manufacturers from promoting rivals.
The declarations, which were made public in a redacted version of a request submitted last month seeking the court to dismiss the case, provide a sneak peek at the internet giant’s arguments in a crucial legal dispute that is set to go to trial in September.
It might have to spin off important assets if it loses.
Google requested in December that Judge Amit Mehta of the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismiss the antitrust case that the Justice Department and 11 states launched in 2020 as well as a related complaint brought by 35 states, with Colorado at the head of the group.
The Trump administration’s lawsuit against the Justice Department claimed that it broke antitrust laws in order to maintain its hegemony in search and search advertising. It cited Google’s annual payments of billions of dollars to companies like Apple, LG Electronics Inc., and others to ensure that search is the default on their products as an example.
Google claimed in its 51-page brief that Mehta should dismiss the Justice Department action in part because the company’s contracts with Apple and other parties let them promote rivals like Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
The business further maintained that the only reason its search engine was so well-liked by customers and browsers was due to its high quality and that it was unfair for the government to order to stop vying to be the default search engine on cellphones.
According to the corporation, forcing browser developers to change their product designs and provide users with a worse experience or telling Google to stop competing aggressively would violate competition law.
Additionally, the business said that there was no proof that agreements Google made about the Google Assistant or Internet of Things devices had a negative impact on competition.
Numerous states have made further accusations of antitrust infringement against Google. The case, which was also brought in 2020 by Colorado and others, claims that it illegally restricts rivals’ access to its Search Ads 360 tool, which is used by marketers to oversee online marketing campaigns. Additionally, it claims that it broke antitrust laws in order to harm competitors like travel-related websites.
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