Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Monday Nevada joined a bipartisan coalition of 50 U.S. states and territories to investigate Google for potential violations of antitrust law.
The probe will focus on Google’s overarching control of online search and advertising markets that may have led to anti-competitive behavior that harms consumers.
“Many Americans use Google to connect with family and friends, to communicate with coworkers, pay bills and purchase everyday necessities,” said Ford. “One of my biggest priorities as attorney general is protecting Nevada’s consumers, and this investigation will uncover whether Google’s business practices are negatively affecting individuals and businesses. I’m encouraged that such a large coalition is united in this initiative, and Nevada will take action to protect its consumers if and when necessary.”
Google is no stranger to government investigations — so far it has been the subject of three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. In March, the tech giant was fined $1.7 billion by the European Commission and last year, the EU’s executive arm fined Google a hefty $5 billion for unfair business practices around its mobile operating system, Android.
The coalition includes 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. California, where Google is headquartered, and Alabama are the only two states not to join the investigation.