The move makes Google’s home state the first Democratic Enforcer attempting to join the DOJ and eleven Republican Attorney General. California did not join the original group of 50 states and territories that opened an investigation into the search giant last year, however Politico it later reported that it had tracked its own probe.
A Google spokesman referred CNBC to the company previous answer to the DOJ’s lawsuit, in which the complaint was described as “deeply flawed”.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who recently became Joe Biden’s election as Head of the Department of Health and Human Servicessaid in the filing that California would not seek changes to the original complaint announced in October.
“By using exclusionary agreements for dominance, Google has suppressed competition and manipulated the advertising market,” Becerra said in an in a Press release. “This lawsuit paves the way for search engine innovations that take privacy and data protection into account.”
Several other states have said they are continuing to investigate Google. Filing their own complaints allows them to try to join the existing lawsuit, which may expand the allegations against the company.
The DOJ’s lawsuit alleges that Google illegally maintained a monopoly on general online search by depriving rivals of key sales channels.