Ohio Focuses On Getting Google Declared A Common Carrier

By Bryan Koenig (June 18, 2021, 8:13 PM EDT) -- Ohio's attorney general is seeking to split up his brand-new state court lawsuit against Google, preferring to tackle a bid to declare the search giant as a common carrier first and only then turn to a measure to bar Google from promoting its own offerings over competitors' as "unfair discrimination."

The court need not consider barring Google LLC from prioritizing its own services and products in search results if the court refuses to designate the company a common carrier under Ohio law and its search engine as a public utility, state Attorney General Dave Yost said in the brief filing Thursday....

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