Google asks judge to dismiss most Texas antitrust lawsuits

Google on Friday asked a US federal judge to dismiss the majority of an antitrust lawsuit brought by Texas and other US states that accused the search giant of abusing its dominance in the advertising market by Line.

Google said in its court filing that the state failed to demonstrate that it was working illegally with Facebook, now Meta, to combat “header bidding” from ads a technology publisher placed on its websites. Developed to make more money. Facebook is not a defendant in the lawsuit.

The states also alleged that Google used at least three programs to force advertisers and publishers to use Google’s tools to manipulate ad auctions.

Google responded that states had a “collection of complaints” but no evidence of wrongdoing. On some of the allegations, Google argued that states waited too long to file their suit.

“They criticize Google for not designing their products to better meet the needs of their competitors, and for improving products that far outpace their competitors. They are the ‘solutions’ to Google’s success.” ‘ as a brake on Google,” the company said in its filing.

Google said that four of the six cases be dismissed with prejudice, meaning they cannot be tried again in the same court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would continue the fight. “The society whose motto was ‘Don’t Be Evil’ is now asking the world to look at the gross abuse of their monopoly and see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil,” he said. He said in a statement.

There were two other claims based on state law made against Google in the Texas lawsuit that were put on hold in September. The search giant did not ask for his dismissal on Friday, but perhaps in the future.

The lawsuit is part of a long list of federal and state antitrust investigations and litigation against the Big Tech platform.

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