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Google asked to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit against its search engine.

Published: 2023-01-12

The courts have uncovered Google's motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit against the company's search engine, which could ultimately significantly weaken the IT giant's position in this segment. The filing, which was filed by the company on December 12, said the lawsuits from the US Department of Justice and a group of attorneys general from several states distort Google's agreements with browser developers and Android smartphone manufacturers.

“Requiring Google not to actively compete and requiring browser vendors to redesign their products, thereby providing their customers with a worse experience, would turn competition law on its head,” Google said in the petition.

Recall that the US Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general sued Google in 2020. The case is part of a larger and more multifaceted approach by the authorities to limit the power of the IT giant. The authors of the latest lawsuit believe that Google used its dominant position and the Android mobile operating system to block the search engine market, thereby limiting the ability of competitors. The lawsuit seeks to develop mechanisms to limit the power of Google over competitors in the search engine segment.

Google said in a statement that agreements with Mozilla and Apple to include the Google search engine in their browsers do not prevent users from interacting with third-party search engines. “There is no evidence that Google forced Apple, Mozilla, or any other browser developer to use the design with a single default search engine,” the IT giant said in a petition.