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US wraps up antitrust case against Google in historic trial

The logo of Google LLC is seen at the Google Store Chelsea in New York City, U.S., January 20, 2023. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights
WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government went back to basics in arguments against Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Thursday, wrapping up the evidentiary phase of a court battle in which it has accused the online search leader of breaking antitrust law with its tactics.
In the trial, which started on Sept. 12 and is widely expected to end on Thursday, the Justice Department is seeking to prove that Google is a monopolist and illegally abused its power to favor its bottom line.
Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will decide the case, the first of four aimed at reining in tech leaders. The government has filed a second case against Google as well as one each against Meta and Amazon.com.
MIT economics professor Michael Whinston, the government’s final witness, argued that Google’s U.S. market share of nearly 90% meant it had little incentive to improve quality.

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