WASHINGTON :Alphabet Inc’s Google requested a federal judge on Friday to dismiss the bulk of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and different states that accused the search big of abusing its dominance of the internet marketing market.
Google stated in its courtroom submitting that the states failed to present that it illegally labored with Facebook, now Meta, to counter “header bidding,” a expertise that publishers developed to earn more money from promoting positioned on their web sites. Facebook is just not a defendant within the lawsuit.
The states had additionally alleged that Google used at the least three applications to manipulate advert auctions to coerce advertisers and publishers into utilizing Google’s instruments.
Google responded that the states had a “collection of grievances” however no proof of wrongdoing. On some allegations, Google argued the states waited too lengthy to file its lawsuit.
“They criticize Google for not designing its products to better suit its rivals’ needs and for making improvements to those products that leave its competitors too far behind. They see the ‘solution’ to Google’s success as holding Google back,” the corporate stated in its submitting.
Google requested for 4 of the six counts to be dismissed with prejudice, which implies that it couldn’t be introduced again to the identical courtroom.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated they might press on with the combat. “The firm whose motto was as soon as ‘Don’t Be Evil’ now asks the world to study their egregious monopoly abuses and see no evil, hear no evil, and communicate no evil,” he stated in an announcement.
The Texas lawsuit had two different claims primarily based on state legislation and made in opposition to Google which had been stayed in September. The search big didn’t ask for them to be dismissed on Friday however might sooner or later.
The lawsuit is one half of a protracted listing of antitrust investigations and federal and state litigation in opposition to the Big Tech platforms.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)