Nevada among multiple jurisdictions launching antitrust probe of Google

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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.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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