Google to Face Massive Lawsuit Over Alleged Advertising Dominance

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Google’s Advertising Empire Under Fire: £13.6 Billion Mass Lawsuit Proceeds

London’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) Unleashes a Legal Battle on Google

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The tech behemoth Alphabet, parent company of Google, now faces a formidable mass lawsuit in the United Kingdom, alleging the abuse of its power in the online advertising market. The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), in a pivotal ruling on Wednesday, has given the green light for this legal battle to proceed toward a full-fledged trial.

Publishers Unite Against Google’s Alleged Anticompetitive Behavior

Spearheading this lawsuit is the Ad Tech Collective Action, representing various publishers of websites and apps based in the UK. The collective asserts that they have incurred significant losses due to Google’s allegedly anticompetitive practices. The damages sought amount to a staggering £13.6 billion, equivalent to approximately .4 billion.

In their legal complaint, the publishers allege that Google’s market dominance in online advertising has stifled competition, ultimately harming both their businesses and consumers.

Google Fights Back, Denying Allegations

Undeterred by the allegations, Google steadfastly maintains its innocence and strongly rebuts the claims put forth by the Ad Tech Collective Action. According to court documents filed by the company’s lawyers, Google unequivocally rejects the underlying accusations of anticompetitive behavior.

The company had previously implored the CAT to block the lawsuit, citing its alleged incoherence. However, the tribunal dismissed Google’s arguments, paving the way for the case to proceed to a full trial.

CAT Certification: A Landmark Decision

The CAT’s certification of this lawsuit marks another significant development in the ongoing scrutiny surrounding tech giants. Notably, the tribunal has already certified other hefty lawsuits against Meta (Facebook’s parent company) and Apple this year alone, both reaching billions of dollars in claimed damages.

With the Ad Tech Collective Action’s lawsuit now officially underway, the spotlight will firmly rest on Google’s advertising practices. The upcoming trial promises to shed light on the complex dynamics of the online advertising industry and the implications for fair competition in the digital realm.

Data sourced from: cnbc.com