In December, Texas and nine other states filed a lawsuit against Google LLC in a US court in Sherman, Texas, accusing the search engine company of working with Facebook in a manner that violated antitrust law to promote its already dominant online advertising business.
Google said in a lawsuit that the first case that it claims has a monopoly on advertising on the Internet was filed in May by an advertiser, and that five more cases have since been filed.
Google added that the state’s lawsuit “does not specify a company or a single person who may be a witness at the trial who lives or works within 100 miles” of the Texas court where the case was filed.
The states asked Google, which controls a third of the global online advertising industry, to compensate them for damages and requested “structural relief,” which is often interpreted as forcing a company to withdraw some of its assets.
The lawsuit said: “As Google’s internal documents reveal, Google sought to kill competition and did so through a combination of exclusionary tactics, including an illegal agreement with Facebook, which is its biggest potential competitive threat.”
Google previously described the lawsuit in Texas as “unworthy.”
Google has been sued three times since October by the US states and the Department of Justice, including a Texas suit.
And in December, a separate group of 38 US states and territories filed an antitrust complaint with Google.