Federal Judge Narrows Range of Lawsuits Against Google

The Justice Department and state attorneys general were allowed to continue antitrust claims.

Federal Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed his pre-trial assessment on antitrust lawsuits brought against Google, narrowing the range of accepted claims made by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general. The plaintiffs alleged that Google engages in a number of anticompetitive practices, including requiring phones that run Google Android to make Google the default search browser.

The effects of being the default search provider on browsers and smartphones “is a hotly disputed issue in this case,” Judge Mehta wrote. “It is best to await a trial to determine whether, as a matter of actual market reality, Google’s position as the default search engine across multiple browsers is a form of exclusionary conduct.”

The antitrust case goes to trial in mid-September.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Judge Mehta to be prudent as he prepares to hear the antitrust case against Google.
  • For district and appellate court judges in the federal judiciary as they rule on matters of law and the Constitution.
  • For wisdom for attorneys in the Justice Department as they pursue and argues cases in federal courts.

Sources: CNN, WICZ


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