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Google sued by US government — here’s what you need to know

Google is facing a landmark lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which is claiming the tech giant holds an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising. The suit is likely to ignite a long, messy battle between Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley and possibly hold sweeping implications for the entire tech industry. 

The suit, which was filed Tuesday, is joined by 11 states and accuses Google, a unit of Alphabet, violating antitrust laws. Deputy attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, who led the years-long investigation, said that Google “has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition.” The suit says these practices include exclusive business contracts and agreements.

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