U.S. DOJ Hits Google With Antitrust Lawsuit

Suit follows lengthy investigation into company’s dominance of search traffic and effect on competition.

The Justice Department filed a long-expected antitrust lawsuit alleging that Google uses anticompetitive tactics to preserve a monopoly for its flagship search engine and related advertising business, the most aggressive U.S. legal challenge to a company’s dominance in the tech sector in more than two decades.

The case, filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleged that the Alphabet Inc. unit maintains its status as gatekeeper to the internet through an unlawful web of exclusionary and interlocking business agreements that shut out competitors.

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