Ohio AG Sues To Declare Google Search A Public Utility

Law360 (June 8, 2021, 7:42 PM EDT) -- Ohio's attorney general lobbed an unusual lawsuit at Google on Tuesday, asserting the technology giant should be treated as a common carrier forced to provide competitors equal access to its online search infrastructure.

According to the complaint, filed in an Ohio county court, Google uses its web architecture to drive clicks to its own products, which the lawsuit claims would not be allowed if Google were treated as a utility-style common carrier.

"Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google's own products — that's discriminatory and anti-competitive," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement. "When...

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