Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that 50 state attorneys general are launching an investigation of technology giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws.
The bipartisan coalition will investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior harming consumers. Legal experts from each state, including the Montana Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection, will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets.
Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to now three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully address the source of Google’s sustained market power and the ability to engage in serial and repeated business practices with the intention to protect and maintain that power.