He trial of Google for monopoly in searches in the United States has been opened, as expected, with conflicting opinions and visions from the company and the Department of Justice. The first day of the hearing, which began in the Court of the District of Columbia, began with the initial statements of both parties, and as noted by the United States Department of Justice, Google pays more than 10 billion of dollars per year to maintain its position as the default search engine on web browsers and mobile devices.
According to Bloomberg, the State’s Attorney Kenneth Dintzerwho represents the US government, noted in his opening speech at the trial that “andThis case is about the future of the Internet, and whether Google’s search engine will ever have significant competition. The evidence will show that they demanded exclusivity by default to block their rivals«.
Dintzer has also stated that Google became a monopoly around 2010, and that today it controls around 90% of the online search market. In addition, he has assured that his managers pay billions to be the default search engine because they are extremely powerful, and that they have been abusing their monopoly in general search for 12 years.
Both the Department of Justice and 52 attorneys general from as many states and US territories allege that Google has illegally maintained its monopoly for years by paying billions to technology rivals, smartphone makers and wireless providers in exchange for its search engine was configured as preset or default on mobile phones and web browsers.
Of course, Google’s defense lawyers, including Kent Walker, the company’s chief legal officer, denied the government’s allegations. According to them, “Consumers use Google because it provides value, not because they have to. Today, users have more search options and ways to access information than ever before.«.
The first phase of this trial, the largest monopoly litigation in the country in the last 25 years, will be to assess whether Google has illegally monopolized the online search market. Your oral hearing will last approximately 10 weeks. He District Judge Amit Mehta, who presides over the courtwill make a decision on the matter in the early stages of 2024. If it rules in favor of the state, it can request compensation in the second phase of the trial, which will have the purpose of withdrawing the search business of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, from other products. .
Among these products that this business would have to leave are Android and Google Maps, in a step that if the company had to undertake, would be the biggest breakup of an American company since the 80s of the last century.