How Big Tech Fights US Lawsuits and Probes

(Reuters) – Big tech platforms Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook and Google, has been hit by a series of antitrust lawsuits by the US federal government and states alleging they operate a monopoly. and abuse their power.

Below is the status of the cases, as well as the government probes of Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc.


The US Federal Trade Commission filed a new complaint against Facebook in mid-August 2021, adding more details about allegations the social media company squashed or acquired a competitor and once further asked the judge to force the social media giant to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. The agency did so at the invitation of Judge James Boasberg, who said its earlier attempt had failed. Facebook has asked to dismiss the lawsuit against prejudice.

Boasberg, however, brought a related state lawsuit, saying the attorney general waited too long.

Four lawsuits against Google:

The United States Department of Justice sued Alphabet Inc’s Google in October 2000, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally using its market engine to embarrass rivals. The trial date has been set for September 12, 2023.

The government is preparing to file a second lawsuit focusing on the company’s digital advertising business.

A lawsuit by 38 US states and territories accuses Google of abusing its market power to try to make its search engine as dominant in cars, TVs and speakers as it is in phones. mobile. This was reinforced with a federal lawsuit for discovery purposes.

Texas, backed by other states, filed a lawsuit against Google in December 2020, accusing it of violating antitrust laws in the way it operates its online advertising business.

Dozens of state attorneys general sued Google on July 7, accusing Google of buying out competitors and using restrictive contracts to illegally maintain a monopoly on its app store. yourself on your Android phone.

Justice Department investigating Apple:

This poll, revealed in June 2019, seems to focus on Apple Inc’s app store. Some app developers have accused Apple of introducing new products that are very similar to existing apps created and sold by other developers in the Apple Store, then trying to banish older apps. out of the store because they compete with new Apple products. Apple says it only seeks to have the highest quality apps available in the app store.

Federal Trade Commission on Amazon:

In its investigation, the FTC is likely looking into the inherent conflicts of interest of Amazon competing with small sellers on its marketplace platform, including allegations that it used information from sellers on its platform to decide what products they will recommend.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Matthew Lewis and Dan Grebler)

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