According to two people familiar with the matter, the US multi state attorney general plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google as early as December. At the same time, British and Russian regulators have also said they will launch law enforcement actions against Google.
The states involved in the lawsuit include Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. The attorneys general said they planned to combine their cases with those of the Department of justice. This is the second antitrust lawsuit filed by U.S. regulators against Google, which the Department of justice has sued separately in October.
According to people familiar with the matter, the states plan to file a lawsuit in the federal court between mid December and late December, with a preliminary target date of December 15. The states are conducting large-scale investigations into Google's businesses, including Android, but have yet to make a final decision on the content of the lawsuit.
Texas and other states are looking at Google's dominance in digital advertising. In response to DOJ lawsuits and other investigations, Google largely denied wrongdoing and said its search engine and other products dominate because consumers like them more.
The extensive investigations in these states are in sharp contrast to the relatively small litigation by the Department of justice, which focuses on Google's efforts to establish and maintain its dominant position in search and its search advertising business.
In addition to facing more investigations in the US, Google also faces regulatory challenges in the UK and Russia. British competition regulators said on Monday they were reviewing complaints about privacy sandbox related to Google's digital advertising to see if a formal antitrust investigation was needed. The technology will remove features such as login and advertising from the open web and put them under Google's control.