San Francisco. The attorneys general of Puerto Rico and four states – Florida, Nevada, Montana and Alaska – joined this Tuesday in the antitrust lawsuit against Google filed last December and led by Texas, one of the judicial fronts opened against the company.
Texas Attorney General, Republican Ken Paxton, reported in a statement the new supporters in his legal battle against the Internet giant, which are added to the other ten that were already part of the original lawsuit, which places the total of plaintiff states and territories at fifteen.
“I am proud to welcome Alaska, Florida, Montana, Nevada and Puerto Rico to our multi-state lawsuit against the monopoly tech giant. What happened today highlights the broad consensus that Google’s practices require an agile response under competition and consumer protection laws “Paxton pointed out.
The Texas-led lawsuit focuses on the technology that the world’s most used search engine company uses to connect buyers of online advertising space with sellers, something that Paxton believes allows it to “control the prices” of Internet ads.
In parallel to this lawsuit, Google must also face another complaint filed on October 20 of last year against it by the Department of Justice and eleven states -including Texas- for the alleged monopolistic practices of its search engine, in the that 80% of searches are carried out on computers and 90% on mobiles.
Announced after a year of investigations, this lawsuit accuses the company directed by Sundar Pichai of having used illegal actions to occupy a dominant position in the market and prevent the access of its competitors (such as Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo) to the main distribution channels.