Google asks judge to dismiss Texas antitrust lawsuit over its advertising business – TechCrunch

Google filed a motion on Friday asking a federal court to dismiss most charges in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the state of Texas. In the filing, the company argued that the Texas lawsuit was not “credible” and that the state failed to establish that the company’s advertising activities violated antitrust laws.

“AG Paxton’s allegations are more searing than light, and we do not believe they meet the legal standard to bring this matter to trial,” Google director of economic policy Adam Cohen wrote in a post. of blogging. “The complaint misrepresents our business, our products and our motives, and we are preparing to dismiss it due to its failure to offer plausible antitrust claims.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the lawsuit, which alleges that Google illegally maintained a monopoly in online advertising, in late 2020. Texas updated the lawsuit with a new complaint last week that was First filed in November but redacted at the time, before a judge ordered that details of the complaint be made public.

Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, l Utah, Kentucky and Puerto Rico have also joined the lawsuit to hold the tech giant accountable.

Google says Paxton “ignores or distorts a litany of clear facts,” including allegations that the company struck a deal with Facebook to maintain its online advertising dominance by crushing an emerging ad buying process called ” header bidding”.

According to information from the New York Times, Facebook announced the relationship in 2018 but did not disclose that Google granted its competitor “special information and speed advantages to help the company succeed in the auctions it did not offer other partners – even including a guaranteed ‘success rate’.”

Mired in its own antitrust issues, Meta also asked the court to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit that could force the company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp, but a judge ruled earlier this month that the lawsuit filed by the FTC would be allowed to continue.

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