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Google Faces Antitrust Action by US Justice Department

By September 8, 2008Internet Lawyer

google antitrust litigationAccording to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Department of Justice is considering an antitrust lawsuit against Google because of the company’s advertising strength. The government has hired a top trial attorney, deposed witnesses, and issued subpoenas.

Although I’m not an antitrust lawyer, I’m at a loss to see how Google has anything close to a monopoly in online advertising. If its terms become too burdensome, smaller competitors will grow at its expense. Let the free market handle the issue for now.

If the government goes after Google (using your tax dollars to fund it), expect a repeat of the Microsoft antitrust debacle that made alot of lawyers and lobbyists rich but did absolutely nothing to Microsoft’s market share. Microsoft inflicted far more damage on itself by releasing Vista than the government ever did through years of litigation.

Whether you like Google or not isn’t the point. If the company is taken down or wounded by the government, the next target could be something you care about…maybe even your online business.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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