Google Might Reportedly Face Antitrust Lawsuit Filed by DoJ in Weeks

A Google spokesperson told Reuters on Friday that it was engaging with regulators to address their concerns.

Google Might Reportedly Face Antitrust Lawsuit Filed by DoJ in Weeks

Google was sued by the Justice Department in October 2020

Highlights
  • DoJ did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment
  • The Justice Department is likely to reject concessions offered by Google
  • The DoJ has been investigating Google's ad-tech practices since 2019
The US Department of Justice is expected to file an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet's Google in weeks over its dominance in the online advertising market, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.The Justice Department is likely to reject concessions offered by [Alphabet](https://www.gadgets360.com/tags/alphabet), the [report]([https://bit.ly/3aDfNTL](https://bit.ly/3aDfNTL) said.DoJ did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment and [Google](https://www.gadgets360.com/google) declined to comment.Last week, the Wall Street Journal [reported](https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-offers-concessions-to-fend-off-u-s-antitrust-lawsuit-11657296591) that Google has offered concessions to avoid a potential US antitrust lawsuit, including a proposal to spin off parts of its business that auctions and places ads on websites and apps into a separate company under Alphabet.However, a Google spokesperson told Reuters on Friday that it was engaging with regulators to address their concerns, adding that it has no plans to sell or exit the ad-tech business.The DoJ has been investigating Google's ad-tech practices since 2019 and expedited the inquiry into the advertising market in recent months under the supervision of antitrust division's official Doha Mekki, the report said.The Justice Department sued Google in October 2020, accusing the company of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals, in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of [Big Tech](https://www.gadgets360.com/tags/big-tech) in decades.In June end, Alphabet unit Google was [targeted](https://www.gadgets360.com/internet/news/google-fresh-complaints-eu-consumer-groups-privacy-3113470) by a French consumer group and its peers in complaints to privacy watchdogs over its vast trove of users' personal data harvested via their Google accounts, European consumer organisation BEUC said.In addition to the French consumer group, others in Greece, the Czech Republic, Norway and Slovenia have taken their gripes to their data protection authorities, BEUC said.It said the German consumer body had sent a warning letter to [Google](https://www.gadgets360.com/google) that could lead to a civil lawsuit, while consumer agencies in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden had written to their privacy regulators alerting them about Google's practices.* * *
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