U.S. authorities should target their potential antitrust suit against Google on the tech giant’s greatest strength, two veteran antitrust experts say in a report out Thursday — its monopoly over online search.
The report lays out what it calls a pattern of conduct that Google has engaged in to entrench its dominance over the past 10 years — from acquiring rival upstarts to signing exclusive contracts to changing its platform in ways that disadvantage competitors. And it outlines how the Justice Department and the states could address those actions by bringing an antitrust case accusing the company of monopolistic behavior.
The report, by antitrust litigator David Dinielli and Obama-era DOJ economist Fiona Scott Morton, is being published by the Omidyar Network, a foundation backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar that has previously offered public advice to the Justice Department on how to take on Google and Facebook. Their newest analysis comes a day before a meeting where DOJ prosecutors and several state attorneys general are expected to debate how narrow or broad of an antitrust suit they could bring against the search giant.
Who wrote the report: Scott Morton is a well-known figure in antitrust, having served as the DOJ’s top antitrust economist. She has also advised the House Judiciary Committee in its probe of Google and other tech giants and worked with state