Leading Google's defense in antitrust cases is John Schmidtlein, an experienced lawyer from the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington. Jonathan Kanter, a competition lawyer and Google critic, has been confirmed to lead the antitrust division of the Department of Justice. This is a progressive victory in the application of antitrust rules under the Biden administration. The Department seeks to stop Google's anti-competitive behavior and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers, and companies that depend on the Internet economy.
Google has hired Susan Creighton, a longtime advisor and partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to lead its legal strategy and any potential settlement. Peter Schottenfels, a Google spokesman, said that Kanter's previous statements and his work representing competitors who have advocated for the cases brought by the department raise serious concerns about his ability to be impartial. The FTC has the authority to sue companies for anti-competitive behavior, and the agency is currently involved in litigation against Facebook and Google. The District Court for the District of Columbia will prevent Google from illegally maintaining monopolies through anti-competitive and exclusionary practices in the search and advertising markets.
Google has accounted for nearly 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anti-competitive tactics to maintain and expand its monopolies on search and search advertising. Virginia Gibson, of the law firm Hogan Lovells, said that Kanter “could also add fuel to suggestions that Google's competition could unduly influence the department's actions”. By filing the lawsuit, the Department seeks to stop Google's anti-competitive behavior and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers and all companies that now depend on the Internet economy. Walker is likely to lead a team of outside lawyers and direct Google's legal strategy and any potential settlement.
Google has prevented any major search competitor from achieving vital distribution and scale, eliminating competition for most search queries in the United States. For years, Google has used anti-competitive tactics to maintain and expand its monopolies on search and search advertising. David Balto, a former antitrust lawyer with the Department of Justice who has done consulting work for Google, said that Shores's background as a primarily corporate defense lawyer makes him an odd choice to lead an antitrust case against Google. In conclusion, it is clear that Jonathan Kanter will lead several Justice Department competition cases against large technology companies, including a monopoly lawsuit against Google alleging that the company maintains an illegal monopoly in the digital advertising market.
The Department seeks to stop Google's anti-competitive behavior and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers, and companies that depend on the Internet economy.