This is the biggest legal challenge Google has faced in its history and is likely to result in a lawsuit that could last for years.
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider
The US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Tuesday morning, opening the biggest legal challenge the tech giant has ever faced.
The case argues that Google uses a network of illegal, exclusive deals that penalize smaller competitors and create an unfair advantage in search and online advertising. Eleven states joined the Justice Department in its lawsuit.
Google is unlikely to step back from the litigation, which could stretch for years in court.
The lawsuit argues that Google is wrongly paying smartphone makers to put their apps in the spotlight by pre-installing them on cell phones. This pays off from the revenue of its advertising platform, the DOJ will argue.
The antitrust proceedings are led by the candidates of whoever wins the presidential election on November 3rd.
The DOJ said on Twitter that it would hold a virtual briefing on "an antitrust announcement" at 9:45 am CET, but did not say whether the announcement would be from Google.
The much-anticipated lawsuit takes place amid growing bipartisan scrutiny of big tech companies. President Donald Trump has urged his administration to crack down on big tech companies he sees as biased against him, while both Democratic and Republican lawmakers are calling for tighter regulation of tech giants.
Last month the House Democrats published a report after a year-long investigation, which found that Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon have had monopoly power with "oil barons and railroad tycoons" for centuries.
Google is also currently the subject of an investigation by 50 attorneys-general, which was officially announced last September.
This is a developing story …