Google says DOJ anti-trust suit is without merit, will defend 'vigorously'

In a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Google rejected the government's case it has abused its power in the market for search.

The Securities & Exchange Commission Tuesday evening published an 8-K filing by Google in which the company rejected the US Department of Justice's (DoJ) anti-trust case against the company, saying it was "without merit."

The DoJ on Tuesday morning filed sued against Google, saying that the company was illegally maintaining a monopoly over online search services and related advertising in the quest for profit, and as such, rival companies have been denied the opportunity to compete effectively.

Google said in the filing,

In August 2019, Google LLC ("Google"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., began receiving civil investigative demands from the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and a group of state Attorneys General requesting information and documents relating to its prior antitrust investigations and certain aspects of its business. On October 20, 2020, the DOJ, joined by 11 state Attorneys General, filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that Google violated U.S. antitrust laws relating to Search and Search advertising. Google believes this complaint is without merit and will defend itself vigorously. 

The DOJ and state Attorneys General continue their investigations into certain aspects of Google's business.

The DoJ's suit follows a report by the anti-trust subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives that outlined measures taken by Google to exploit its dominance in the paid Internet search market by shutting out rivals.

Google shares ended Tuesday's session up 1.4% at $1,551.08.