Hacker News article Hacker news article HackerNews title Google will pay $2bn to resolve antitrust lawsuit over its ad network article Hackernews title Google has paid $2.3 billion to settle a federal antitrust lawsuit against it over its advertising network.
The case, brought by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, alleged that Google violated antitrust laws by failing to promote its own advertising network over rival media providers and that Google’s dominant position in the digital ad market harmed consumers and competition.
Google’s defense claimed that it had tried to “balance” the competing platforms and to maintain fair play.
But the case has been dragged through the courts for years, and Google has been accused of paying bribes to regulators, paying to influence regulatory decisions and failing to act in good faith.
In 2015, the US Department of Justice said Google had abused its dominant position to prevent competitors from offering better ads for its services.
The antitrust case was the largest class action in history and included over 200,000 individuals and companies, the Associated Press reports.
According to the AP, the case also found that Google used anticompetitive practices in the past and violated antitrust rules in the current case. More: