Google has responded to the antitrust lawsuit that it is facing according to Axios. Google’s response to antitrust charges from the DOJ is that “smartphone users choose Google as their search engine because they prefer it. Not because Google sets its search engine as the default one. Google gives a point-by-point rebuttal in its response to the Department of Justice.
Google’s response to antitrust charges from the DOJ has two goals. Firstly, Google asks the court to dismiss the lawsuit brought forth by the government. Secondly, Google wants to be reimbursed for all of its legal fees. Google has been in the crosshairs of the US Government, and a few other government bodies. The search giant looks to be fighting back.
Google is accused of achieving its dominance on phones by making deals with multiple companies. These companies include some big names like Apple, Samsung, and LG. Google's search engine is the default option on a lot of devices.
The government says that Google’s dominance keeps other competitors from growing in the search engine market. DuckDuckGo and Bing are some of the competitors whose growth has been stunted. Google now is fighting back to dispute these claims.
Firstly, Google is denying that their deals with phone makers violate any antitrust laws. Secondly, “Any and all of Google’s actions alleged by Plaintiffs were lawful, justified, pro-competitive and carried out in Google’s legitimate business interests and constitute bonafide competitive activity” according to Google’s response.
Google has had a rough 2020
Google has two other lawsuits against it as well. State attorney generals argue Google has an unfair monopoly according to one group. The monopoly Google has is in online advertising. A second group accuses Google of anti-competitive search practices.
Google has had an interesting year. Dealing with anti-trust lawsuits from various US governmental bodies is one thing. But having other governmental bodies coming for you as well is rough.
Google was looking to acquire Fitbit to bolster its wearable efforts. This would've been a very positive turn of events. Unfortunately, even that came with some downsides.
For example, Australia’s ACCC is looking to block the finalization of this acquisition if the US government allows it without the ACCC finishing its investigation. The ACCC is investigating whether or not Google acquiring Fitbit will put other wearable manufacturers at a disadvantage. Google also faces a $400 million dollar fine if the ACCC cannot block the finalization of the acquisition.
2020 has been a year that none of us want to remember. However, Google may wish to forget this year more than some of us.