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In win for Google, judge dismisses many claims in DOJ monopoly case

In win for Google, judge dismisses many claims in DOJ monopoly case

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Over the weekend, a US district court judge decided to narrow the scope of the federal government’s massive years-long monopoly case against Google.

In his opinion unsealed Friday, Judge Amit Mehta dismissed one of the more significant claims raised in the case brought by the Justice Department and the attorneys general from 38 states that alleges that Google rigged search results to boost its own products over those of competitors like Amazon, OpenTable, Expedia, or eBay. Mehta said that these claims were “raised only by the Colorado plaintiffs” and failed to show evidence of anticompetitive effects, relying only on the “opinion and speculation” of antitrust legal expert Jonathan Baker, who proposed a theory of anticompetitive harm.

“Simply put, there is no record evidence of anticompetitive harm in the relevant markets” resulting from Google allegedly limiting competitors’ visibility in search results, Mehta said.

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