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What’s Next for Google in the DOJ Antitrust Case?

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The Justice Department’s antitrust case against Google has no doubt been months in the making, as the DOJ has sought to impose regulatory limits on the search giant.

In June, the DOJ and the European Commission jointly sued to block Google’s deal to buy smartphone-maker Motorola Mobility.

In July, they also issued a proposed settlement that sought to restrain Google’s ability to place its own shopping search results alongside its competitors’ results.

In October, the suit broadened to charge that Google’s business practices were harming Google’s own advertisers by overloading their search for other advertisers.

Google says in an official statement that “it has not done anything wrong.”

What can Google do to reverse the charges?

The company says it filed a motion to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday, but did not disclose what it planned to do after that.

It argues that the DOJ cannot have jurisdiction in a case that started in Europe, where an accord was reached on Oct. 5. Google also says it should not be on trial in the Northern District because it didn’t start the case in the Northern District of California, where the original case originated.

Read the complaint: US v. Google

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