AG joins multistate coalition in filing lawsuit against Google

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Office of the Attorney General) –  Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined a multistate coalition in filing a lawsuit against Google, LLC (Google) for violating federal and state antitrust laws through anticompetitive conduct, exclusionary practices, and deceptive misrepresentations in connection with its role in the multibillion-dollar online display advertising industry.

They joined this lawsuit to restore free-market competition within the online display advertising industry, and to ensure Google complies with state and federal laws, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

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They say the coalition’s lawsuit alleges that Google monopolized, or attempted to monopolize, products and services used by advertisers and publishers in online display advertising.

The complaint also alleges that Google engaged in false, misleading, and deceptive acts while selling, buying, and auctioning online display ads.

These anticompetitive and deceptive practices demonstrably harmed publishers ability to monetize content, increased advertisers costs to advertise, and directly harmed consumers, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

They say Googles monopolization of online display advertising includes an anticompetitive agreement with Facebook, misrepresenting customers, suppressing competition, and harming consumers in violation of antitrust and consumer protection laws.

Attorney-General Cameron was joined by attorneys general from Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah in filing the lawsuit.

To read a copy of the lawsuit, click here.