FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2020
JOINT ATTORNEYS GENERAL STATEMENT ON THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANTITRUST FILING AND THE MULTISTATE INVESTIGATION INTO GOOGLE
SALT LAKE CITY — Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. Utah has not joined the Department of Justice lawsuit and is instead studying a separate action with the multistate coalition.
Attorneys General from the states of Utah, Iowa, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina, and Nebraska released the following statement regarding today’s antitrust filing by the U.S. Department of Justice and the multistate investigation into Google:
“Over the last year, both the DOJ and state attorneys general have conducted separate but parallel investigations into Google’s anticompetitive market behavior. We appreciate the strong bipartisan cooperation among the states and the good working relationship with the DOJ on these serious issues. This is a historic time for both federal and state antitrust authorities, as we work to protect competition and innovation in our technology markets. We plan to conclude parts of our investigation of Google in the coming weeks. If we decide to file a complaint, we would file a motion to consolidate our case with the DOJ’s. We would then litigate the consolidated case cooperatively, much as we did in the Microsoft case.”
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes added the following statement:
“We applaud AG Barr and his team of dedicated DOJ lawyers and legal professionals for their work. We support them and understand why they filed sooner than our multistate case. DOJ began its investigations significantly prior to our multistate efforts so it has always been ahead in terms of timing. Further, our multistate case may address additional issues beyond the scope of the DOJ complaint.”
“We have been working closely with DOJ in our investigation, and we appreciate the cooperation and assistance it has given us,” Attorney General Reyes said. “We anticipate making a decision regarding our own multistate case in the very near future and look forward to continuing to collaborate closely with the DOJ on this and many other matters.”
Read the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit here.