Google search in the dock: Department of Justice targets mobile business practices

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Google search in the dock: Department of Justice targets mobile business practices

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Google search in the dock: Department of Justice targets mobile business practices

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is bringing an antitrust case against Google under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, accusing it of operating an illegal monopoly for internet search and search advertising in its home market of the US. Although a monopoly by itself is not illegal in the US, Google is accused of maintaining its search monopoly by unlawful means. The case targets Google's licensing of its Android operating system and exclusionary agreements with Apple for its devices that allow Google to be the default search provider on most mobile devices in the US.

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The DoJ's case against Google

Google’s mobile home

An uphill battle at the DoJ

List of charts/tables

Figure 1: Google revenue by region and traffic acquisition costs, 2019 ($bn)

Figure 2: Google share of US general search queries by device, September 2020

Figure 3: Google’s exclusionary agreements with OEMs, carriers, and browser operators in the US

Figure 4: EU Commission fines and Google operating income, 2015-19 ($bn)