California to join federal antitrust case against Google

Posted at 3:29 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 18:29:16-05

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is seeking to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet Inc.

The Justice Department sued Google in October, saying it has abused its dominance in online search and advertising. The case, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that Google uses billions of dollars collected from advertisers to pay phone manufacturers to ensure Google is the default search engine on browsers.

Eleven states, all with Republican attorneys general, joined the federal government in the lawsuit at the time.

California is the first Democratic state announcing its intent to join the Justice Department’s case.