The Joseph Saveri Law Firm is investigating Google’s dominance in and monopolization of online search and digital advertising. Perhaps the most egregious example is Google leveraging its market power in online search to misappropriate content from third parties and prioritize its own proprietary content over more relevant native vertical search engine results. This conduct blurs the distinction between organic and paid results and injures content publishers and consumers alike.
Platforms and the digital economy present new challenges in antitrust enforcement and we believe recovery is available in private actions for damages suffered by individuals and businesses participating in these markets due to misappropriation of content, overcharges in ads or unfairly diverted traffic.
After a 16-plus-month long investigation into the state of competition in the digital economy, in October 2020 the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee released its majority staff report and recommendations, taking particular issue with Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook and their exploitative business practices.
“To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” the report said. “By controlling access to markets, these giants can pick winners and losers throughout our economy. They not only wield tremendous power, but they also abuse it by charging exorbitant fees, imposing oppressive contract terms, and extracting valuable data from the people and businesses that rely on them.”
On October 20, 2020, the Justice Department filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging anticompetitive and exclusionary practices to preserve a monopoly for its search engine and related advertising business.
Please complete the contact form below if:
- You or your business has been harmed by Google through the misappropriation of information you published on the web or prioritization of Google’s own products or services over yours; or
- You or your company’s website has been demoted in search results or if you’ve seen traffic diverted from your website after Google displayed its own products higher in the search results page; or
- You purchase advertising through Google and therefore potentially overpaid for those goods and services.
Any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential as provided by law.