Google’s Search Business Targeted in U.S. Antitrust Case (1)
By David McLaughlin and Gerrit De Vynck
Sept. 25, 2020, 1:51 PM
Google’s search engine, one of the most-profitable businesses in history, is about to face its biggest challenge as the U.S. government readies an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of crushing competition to protect and extend its monopoly.
After a 14-month investigation, theJustice Department is homing in on whether Google skews search results to favor its own products and whether it uses an iron fist over access to users to shut out rivals, according to people familiar with the matter.
Google, which controls about 90% of the online search market in the U.S., has long been a target of rivals ...