Thirty-five U.S states plus Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington, D.C., on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Google, demanding their breakup as they accuse the tech giant of abusing its market power to try to make its search engine as dominant inside cars, TVs and speakers as it is in phones.
The lawsuit is separate from the one filed by Texas and nine other states on Wednesday. It is also separate from the case against Google in October by the U.S Justice Department.
The lawsuits against the $1 trillion company follows many years of accusations that Google and other tech giants including Facebook and Amazon use their massive market power to stifle competition and harm consumers.
The 38 U.S States ganged up against Google with one request to the court – find Google guilty of breaking antitrust law and order an end to any agreements or other behavior that it finds to be exclusionary.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, said the states are not seeking any monetary compensation.
“Fines are like kicking gorillas in the shin. We fortunately have remedies that are much broader in scope,” he said.
“It’s not people use Google. It’s Google that uses people,” said Peterson. “Google chooses to extract volumes of personal data in the search market.”
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who was one the several state attorneys general that sued Microsoft Corp in 1998, said;
“Google is preventing competitors in the voice assistant market from reaching consumers through connected cars, which stand to be a significant way the internet is accessed in the near future.”
In response to the lawsuit, Google’s spokesperson Adam Cohen, said in a blog post;
“We look forward to making that case in court.”
“Google Search is designed to provide you with the most relevant results. We know that if you don’t like the results we’re giving you, you have numerous alternatives—including Amazon, Expedia, Tripadvisor and many others just a click away”, Cohen added.