By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-3-20

The Justice Department could file an antitrust suit against Google (and YouTube) parent Alphabet as soon as this month, according to The New York Times.

Google’s market power and position as the dominant search engine have drawn record fines in Europe, but it has pretty much avoided similar treatment at home.

Attorney General Bill Barr signaled at his Senate confirmation hearing that if he got the job he wanted to investigate Big Tech and how it got that way “under the nose of antitrust enforcers.” The Times reported that Barr was pushing Justice to file by month’s end, while others in the department were suggesting they needed more time to build their case.

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