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The DOJ is reportedly narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's search dominance

Added 09-22-20 08:14:01pm EST - “The new, narrower focus reflected political disagreements between the DOJ and state attorneys general, according to The New York Times.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The DOJ is reportedly narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's search dominance”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US Department of Justice is dialing back the antitrust lawsuit it's preparing to file against Google, and will focus primarily on anticompetitive behavior related to internet searches, the The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The DOJ is expected to brief state attorney generals starting Wednesday, one of the last steps before filing a lawsuit, where it plans to lay out its case that Google uses its dominance of online searches to harm both competitors and consumers, according to The New York Times.

Last year, attorneys general from 48 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico opened a separate, bipartisan investigation into Google. But political tensions have emerged in recent weeks amid Attorney General William Barr's push to have the DOJ file its lawsuit in September, ahead of the election.

Barr's self-imposed deadline came over the objections of DOJ career lawyers — who aren't appointed by the president — who said they needed more time to build their case against Google, The New York Times previously reported.

The DOJ's focus on Google's search dominance is narrower than what some state attorneys general and DOJ career lawyers wanted, with some states looking to bring their own, separate lawsuits focused on Google's digital ads business and other ways it uses search to favor its own products, according to The New York Times.

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