Here’s why Google may have paid $12 billion to Apple

Ruben Fields
October 24, 2020

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, has been selected to hear the U.S. Justice Department's case against Alphabet's Google GOOGL.O , according to a court filing on Wednesday. The language-"Google's monopoly in general search services also has given the company extraordinary power as the gateway to the internet, which it uses to promote its own web content"-echoed concerns from Yelp Inc., Tripadvisor and others". For smaller companies that compete with Google.

"Today, millions of Americans rely on the internet and online platforms for their daily lives". Google replied in a blog post, responding to some of the claims that the lawsuit set forth.

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The 64-page antitrust complaint comes after more than a year investigating Google.

Valued at more than $1 trillion, Google is involved in industries ranging from software development to home security.

"If I were betting on this, I would say that it's better for the government than for Google", said Weinstein, who added: "In any individual case, it's hard to pin too much on the judge".

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Google has protested its innocence, claiming people use Google because they love it, not because they are forced to.

Bloomberg reports that during a recent virtual conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal, former Google chairman Eric Schmidt was asked a number of questions about the tech giant and the recent antitrust lawsuit filed against the firm by the Department of Justice. This is most evident in how we search for nearly everything online - so much so that "Google" is synonymous with search.

Other claims of Google misconduct also weren't a focus, such as arguments by news publishers over Google's dominance in the market for displaying ads on non-Google websites, which also wasn't a central part of Tuesday's lawsuit. When seen from its point of view, the position is justified as the company might be caught in a crossfire when the DOJ and Google lock horns.

"Absent a court order, Google will continue executing its anticompetitive strategy, crippling the competitive process, reducing consumer choice, and stifling innovation". Google is a leviathan; critics have long complained of a litany of potentially problematic practices for authorities to scrutinize. This is a long time coming.

"Today's lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed". They claimed the lawsuit would simply "artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use".

The lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers. American antitrust law is created to promote innovation and help consumers, not tilt the playing field in favor of particular competitors or make it harder for people to get the services they want.

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