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Utah may launch its own antitrust lawsuit against Google

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Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 12:53:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes signaled that he may pursue his own antitrust litigation against tech behemoth Google.

The same day the U.S. Justice Department announced a lawsuit accusing Google of operating a monopoly on search engine results and advertising, Reyes disclosed that Utah and other states have been investigating the company for similar issues.

"DOJ began its investigations significantly prior to our multistate efforts so it has always been ahead in terms of timing. Further, our multistate case may address additional issues beyond the scope of the DOJ complaint," Reyes said in a statement to FOX 13.

"We have been working closely with DOJ in our investigation, and we appreciate the cooperation and assistance it has given us. We anticipate making a decision regarding our own multistate case in the very near future and look forward to continuing to collaborate closely with the DOJ on this and many other matters."

Republican attorneys general from 11 states joined the Justice Department lawsuit, but Utah was not among them.

In response to the lawsuit, Google said it was "deeply flawed."