The US Department of Justice is reportedly expected to file its highly anticipated antitrust lawsuit against Google early next week without the support of any Democratic state attorney general.
The first big case of monopolization in recent decades comes when both sides of the corridor have hammered Google and other tech companies like Facebook and Amazon over their influence on the U.S. economy.
According to Politico, the Trump administration had hoped to gain bipartisan support for his claim.
STATES, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO MEET ABOUT A POSSIBLE GOOGLE ANTITRUST CAUSE
For months, the Department of Justice has been negotiating with a group of attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who have conducted separate investigations, hoping to form a unified complaint about the world̵
Democratic support could have helped the case under a potential Joe Biden administration if the former vice president were elected.
Republican attorneys general have joined both the Justice Department and a coalition of their Democratic colleagues, sources familiar with the lawsuit told Politico.
The bipartisan group – led by Democratic Attorneys General in Colorado and Iowa along with the Republican Attorney General of Nebraska – plans to file an antitrust complaint against Google at a later date.
They had voiced their concerns about what they considered the Justice Department’s narrow approach to the case and believe filing separately would allow for more leverage if the Justice Department and Google negotiate a deal they don’t approve.
It is likely that a third antitrust complaint brought by the state of Texas will also be filed in the coming weeks. That lawsuit, which focuses on Google’s power in the ad technology market, has been tainted with bribery and improper influence allegations against Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to Politico.
The number of states that will sign the Justice Department complaint next week is unknown, though Louisiana Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry said he intends to join the suit.
Until now, Google’s investigations have been bipartisan with prosecutors from the Department of Justice and nearly every state in the United States.
Landry and attorneys general from eight other Republican-led states met with Attorney General William Barr to discuss the lawsuit last month.
The complaint will reportedly include allegations that Google has used restrictive contracts with smartphone makers and telecom providers to ensure that its search engine is set as the default on devices running its Android operating system.
Google’s agreement with Apple is also likely to be included in the complaint.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT FOX BUSINESS
Europe’s leading competition agency, the European Commission, fined Google about $ 5 billion for its Android-related conduct in 2018.
Fox Business reached out to Google and the Justice Department for comment.