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The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday an antitrust lawsuit against Google—a filing that marks the biggest case tackling tech power since the one targeting Microsoft in 1998.
The filing is joined by 11 states, all of which have Republican governors, Reuters reported.
"This step is long overdue," Cicilline tweeted of the government's new lawsuit, adding, "It is time to restore competition online."
Open Markets Institute, a research and advocacy group, framed the lawsuit as a "big moment."
In a Twitter thread Monday ahead of the announcement, the group wrote that "Google... acquired its dominance of the internet search market by bribing smartphone manufacturers and wireless operators not to install rival search engines on devices they sold."
More on that from @sandeepvaheesan in @slate here: https://t.co/wwRVpsyqg3 https://t.co/adjEmNMuOH— Open Markets Institute (@Open Markets Institute)1603200302.0
"Google reportedly paid Apple $12 billion in 2019 to install Google as the default search engine on Apple’s Safari… https://t.co/qiWrKwkmNn— Open Markets Institute (@Open Markets Institute)1603200594.0
According to the Associated Press, the legal action could mark "an opening salvo ahead of other major government antitrust actions, given ongoing investigations of major tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Facebook at both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission."