Bill Barr’s DOJ Finally Takes Action Against Google

It’s been a long time coming, but Bill Barr’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has finally taken aim at Google over anti-trust violations.

According to a report from Reuters:

The U.S. Justice Department and 11 states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday for allegedly breaking the law in using its market power to fend off rivals.

Reuters said “[t]he lawsuit marks the biggest antitrust case in a generation, comparable to the lawsuit against Microsoft Corp filed in 1998 and the 1974 case against AT&T which led to the breakup of the Bell System.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the suit “take[s] aim at arrangements in which Google’s search application is preloaded, and can’t be deleted.”

“Justice officials said the lawsuit will also take aim at arrangements in which Google’s search application is preloaded, and can’t be deleted, on mobile phones running its popular Android operating system,” the Journal reported. “The government will allege Google unlawfully prohibits competitors’ search applications from being preloaded on phones under revenue-sharing arrangements.”

As Election Day draws closer, time is running out — so Barr may have decided to pull the trigger sooner than later.

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