Missouri Attorney General to join Google investigation
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joins a coalition of 50 U.S. states and territories, excluding California and Alabama, in the launch of a bipartisan, multi-state investigation into Google’s business practices.
The coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Paxton, announced plans to investigate Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws and overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic on Monday.
Legal experts from each state will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets. Additionally, Missouri’s existing investigation into Google’s practices will roll into this multi-state investigation.
“Protecting the legal rights of all six million Missourians is one of my most important jobs as attorney general, and ensuring that powerful tech companies who control the tech platforms that Missourians use on a daily basis are acting responsibly certainly falls under that job description,” said Attorney General Schmitt.
Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to now three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission.
None of these previous investigations fully address the source of Google’s sustained market power and the ability to engage in repeated business practices with the intention to protect and maintain that power.