US revs search engine to find reasons behind Google’s dominance


US revs search engine to find reasons behind Google’s dominance

Whether consumers prefer the search engine or not, government is ‘unlikely’ to back down from antitrust case

Paresh Dave and Jonathan Stempel

The US government’s antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google appears strong, but could face an uphill battle from a business-friendly judiciary that may question whether a free search engine beloved by consumers has actually left them worse off, several legal experts said.

Google was accused in the long-anticipated lawsuit filed on Tuesday of harming competition in internet search and search advertising through distribution agreements and other restrictions that put its search tool front and centre whenever consumers browsed the web.

To win, the US department of justice must prove Google gained or maintained monopoly power through abusive conduct or something beyond competition on the merits...

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