google: The sun never sets on Google’s antitrust woes

Alphabet Inc. Google, whose clout in search, the Android smartphone operating system and online advertising has upended those markets, faces antitrust battles in the United States, Europe and India.

Here are some of the antitrust battles that Google is fighting globally:

India: Google lost a major battle in India in mid-January when the Supreme Court refused to block an order from the Competition Commission of India asking Google to remove restrictions from its popular Android smartphone operating system. It requires, for example, that Google allow users to delete apps like its YouTube subsidiary from Android phones.

United State:

The US Department of Justice sued Google Alphabet for the second time on Tuesday, accusing the company of abusing its dominance in the digital advertising space, saying it should be forced to sell its ad management group. Eight countries joined the lawsuit.

Google was first sued by the US Department of Justice in 2020 for violating antitrust law to maintain its dominance in search and extend its dominance into other areas. The trial is set for September. A large group of states have filed related lawsuits.

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Also in 2020, Texas, supported by nine other states, sued Google, accusing the internet search company of breaking antitrust law in how it ran its online advertising business. The case was transferred to New York, to be heard in other similar cases. South KoreaThe anti-monopoly authority imposed a fine of 207 billion won ($176.64 million) on Alphabet ($176.64 million) in September 2021, saying it abused its dominant market position to restrict competition in the mobile operating system market.

EuropeOver the past decade, Google has incurred €8.25 billion ($8.24 billion) in antitrust fines in the European Union after three investigations into its business practices. These include allegations that Google has illegally placed restrictions on Android mobile device manufacturers and mobile network operators to consolidate the dominant position of its search engine.

BritainThe Competition and Markets Authority has also moved to rein in Google and Facebook. It created the Digital Markets Unit, which can be given powers to suspend, block and reverse decisions made by technology companies and impose financial penalties for non-compliance.

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