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NEW YORK (PTI):
India-born US District Judge Amit Mehta has been assigned the Justice Department’s crucial lawsuit against internet search giant Google.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice, along with 11 state Attorney Generals, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
The lawsuit aimed to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anti-competitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms.
For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 per cent of all search queries in the United States and has used anti-competitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising, the Justice Department said.
A report in The Washington Post said, “Absent a settlement, the outcome could rest in the hands of Amit Mehta, a federal judge in a Washington, D.C., district court. Appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama, he was randomly selected Wednesday to hear the Google case.” (PTI)