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January 1, Google Antitrust Case Moved to Unfavorable Court



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In a setback for Google, the antitrust case against the company will be moved to an unfavorable court in Texas, following a decision by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The case revolves around allegations that Google monopolized digital advertising practices on its platform, underpaid publishers, and forced advertisers to overpay.

Google had requested the JPML to consolidate the case with several private lawsuits in a New York federal court. Such a move would have allowed a single court to resolve similar cases, but would also have delayed the process by years. However, the JPML decided to send the case back to Texas, which will expedite proceedings.

The decision to remand the case to Texas was made possible by last year’s passage of the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act. This legislation, spearheaded by a bipartisan group of Big Tech critics including Senators Mike Lee, Amy Klobuchar, Ken Buck, and David Cicilline, allows states to decide where an antitrust case can be heard.

The shift of the case to Texas is considered a significant victory for the sponsors of the legislation, who have been seeking to ensure that federal cases are resolved promptly. Despite setbacks due to a significant lobbying campaign by Silicon Valley, they managed to pass two smaller bills, including the aforementioned act, as part of a crucial spending bill.


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