The Justice Department has filed an antitrust suit against Google over its online advertising business, which has long dominated the Internet advertising world.
“Ad technology competition has broken down, for reasons that were neither accidental nor inevitable,” the DOJ wrote in the lawsuit. “An industry giant, Google, has corrupted legitimate competition in the ad technology industry by waging a systematic campaign to take control of the wide array of high-tech tools used by publishers, advertisers and brokers to power digital advertising. .”
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday.
Eight states are also included in the filing, including Virginia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
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