Google is accused of violating competition law by the way it treats its competition on search engines and in advertising from rival companies – by seeking to maintain its dominance and use its power to sell even more advertising.
Contacted by Reuters, Google representatives did not comment immediately.
The timing of the case – two weeks before the presidential election – could be seen as a political gesture, as incumbent President Donald Trump promised his supporters to hold certain companies accountable for stifling conservative voices. .
The lawsuit comes more than a year after the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched antitrust investigations against four major technology companies – Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google. Groups.
Attorneys general have also launched investigations against Facebook and Google.