Google files lawsuit over fake review scams

In a jury trial set for September 9, Google will face allegations of using underhanded tactics to secure its position as the world’s leading search engine, brought by the U.S. Justice Department and a coalition of states. The company is accused of paying massive sums to companies like Apple to make it the default search engine on products like the iPhone, and the lawsuit argues that Google should be forced to sell its ad manager suite to make the search engine market fairer. In response, Google denied the claims and suggested that the lawsuit would “slow innovation, raise advertising fees, and make it harder for thousands of small businesses and publishers to grow.” This trial could bring significant changes to Google and the future of Search and the Internet, but it’s equally possible the trial will result in no changes and Google will be free to continue operating however it wants. The Justice Department, along with Virginia and other states, had sought a July date for the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, and Google is also set to go to trial in March 2025 in a U.S. federal court in Texas and closing arguments are anticipated to be heard in May in a U.S. judge in Washington, D.C.

source: Google will face a new U.S. antitrust jury trial in September

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