Is Google Being Sued?

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Gabriela Vizueth , Reporter, Editor, Photographer

The Justice Department filled an antitrust lawsuit against the Google company stating that they are using anti-competitive tactics against their competitors. The case was brought to federal court on Tuesday, October 20th in Washington D The government claimed that Google is using billions of dollars from advertisements and pairing up with companies like Apple to keep Google as the default search engine over its competitors. Google’s chief legal officer, Kent Walker, says, “People use Google because they choose to- not because they’re forced to or because they can’t find alternatives. Like countless other businesses, we pay to promote our services, just like a cereal brand might pay a supermarket to stock its products at the end of a row or on a shelf at eye level.” Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jeffry Rosen states, “If the government does not enforce its antitrust laws to enable competition, we could lose the next wave of innovation. If that happens, Americans may never get to see the next Google.” This lawsuit follows an investigation that has been going on for more than a year and involves many other technology companies that play an important role in the U.S. economy and the everyday lives of most people. The case could take up to years to go through and be resolved and the responsibility of it will fall on the winner of the November 3rd presidential election.