No Antitrust Activity In Publishers' Ad Suit, Google Argues

By Melissa Angell (June 4, 2021, 11:30 PM EDT) -- Google urged a California federal judge on Friday to ax a consolidated antitrust suit launched by a proposed class of publishers over Google's digital advertising business in a sprawling multidistrict litigation, arguing that the publishers failed to allege any type of antitrust violation.

In a 25-page motion vying to dismiss the six consolidated cases lobbed by the publishers, Google first slashed into their argument for failing to allege a relevant market for services provided to publishers. The so-called markets defined by the publishers as one-sided focus on a party's ability to increase prices, but only on the publisher's side, Google said....

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