Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reported on Tuesday, March 16, that five states have joined his lawsuit against Google, which alleges antitrust violations and abusive practices by the tech giant.
The attorneys general of Alaska, Florida, Montana, Nevada, and Puerto Rico joined the lawsuit originally filed by a 10-state class of states, led by Texas, bringing the total number of plaintiff states in the landmark case to 15.
“I’m proud to welcome Alaska, Florida, Montana, Nevada, and Puerto Rico to our multistate lawsuit against this monopolistic tech giant. Today’s filing underscores the broad consensus that Google’s practices require review and swift action under antitrust and consumer protection laws,” Paxton said in an official statement.
Like the original lawsuit filed in December 2020, the new amendment filed on Tuesday alleges multiple violations of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws, including anticompetitive conduct, exclusionary practices, and misleading misrepresentation regarding Google’s role in the multibillion-dollar online display advertising industry.
“Google collects thousands of data points about people and uses that information for its own gain while lying to advertisers, publishers, and consumers about their conduct and underlying motives. We will not allow this unprecedented, unlawful conduct to continue. Our coalition looks forward to holding Google accountable for its illegal conduct and reforming Google’s practices in the future. And we are confident Google will be forced to pay for its misconduct through significant financial penalties,” added Paxton.
The allegations include an anti-competitive agreement Google allegedly entered into with Facebook. According to the lawsuit, Facebook announced in 2017 that it would test a new method of selling online advertising called “header bidding,” which would act as a competitive threat to Google.
But the lawsuit suggests that Facebook eventually “scaled back its involvement” in the project after Google gave it “information, speed, and other advantages in the [redacted] auctions that Google runs for publishers’ mobile app advertising inventory each month in the United States.”
In an interview with Breitbart in late February, Paxton was optimistic about the potential outcome of the lawsuit, saying, “We’ve sued Google for antitrust violations, and we think we’ve absolutely got a case that will win, and very likely, there [will] be other companies [doing] this process [that we will] learn have done the same thing [and] that are in the very same position.”
The Trump administration repeatedly warned about the subjugation by Big Tech and how it abuses its monopoly power to shape society’s discourse, and with biased eliminating conservative voices and movements.
Currently, conservative states are the only ones doing something to limit the abusive power, not only of Google but also of Big Tech as a whole, while they continue to act under the complicity of Democratic politicians and leftist ideologies that benefit from censorship and monopolistic business.