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 –, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google. Groups.

Attorneys general have also launched investigations against Facebook and Google.