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Virtual Legality Episode 343

The Google/DoJ Antitrust Lawsuit: A Virtual Legality Deep Dive

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9m Oct 21, 2020
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On October 20, 2020, the US Department of Justice together with 11 Republican State Attorneys General, filed a momentous lawsuit against Google for the illegal monopolization of search engines and search advertising services.

Clearly following the outline laid out for them some two decades before in the contentious case of United States vs Microsoft, today's DoJ brings a stronger claims than some we have reviewed here in Virtual Legality, but with deficiencies all its own.

Won't you dive in with us? There's a lot to cover, but we do note...

You can always change your defaults...in Virtual Legality.

#Google #Antitrust #DoJ


Discussed in this episode:

"Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws"
US Department of Justice - October 20, 2020
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-sues-monopolist-google-violating-antitrust-laws

"Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets"
Majority Staff Report - Subcommittee on Antitrust, US House of Representatives
https://judiciary.house.gov/uploadedfiles/competition_in_digital_markets.pdf

"United States v Google"
Initial Complaint - Filed October 20, 2020
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1328941/download

"An Antitrust Epic"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

"Monopolizing trade a felony; penalty"
15 USC Section 2
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/2

"The Antitrust Laws"
FTC Website
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/antitrust-laws

"Single Firm Conduct"
FTC Website
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/single-firm-conduct

"Monopolization Defined"
FTC Website
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/single-firm-conduct/monopolization-defined

"United States vs Microsoft"
Conclusions of Law - US District Court
https://www.justice.gov/atr/microsoft-conclusions-law-us-v-microsoft-corporation-state-new-york-et-al-v-microsoft

"United States v. Microsoft Corp."
97 F Supp 2d 59
https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/97/59/2339529/

"United States v. Microsoft Corp."
Court of Appeals Ruling - June 28, 2001
https://cyber.harvard.edu/msdoj/msft_ruling.html

"A deeply flawed lawsuit that would do nothing to help consumers"
Google Blog Post - October 20, 2020
https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/response-doj


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
10:59 A Background on Antitrust
15:50 An Overview of the DoJ's Case
27:55 United States vs Microsoft (Overview)
35:39 Exclusionary Contracts and Default Settings
57:05 Market Definitions
1:01:54 Allegations of Anticompetitive Conduct
1:15:42 Legal Claims/Request for Relief
1:19:30 Google Response and Conclusion

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