The First Big Antitrust Trial of the Century Is About to Start

Judge Amit Mehta will preside over the Google antitrust case and determine whether the company has monopolized the search market. The government alleges that Google maintains its monopoly by locking down distributors and ensuring that consumers only see Google as their search engine option. This is similar to what Microsoft did in the 1990s with its browser. If Google is found guilty, it could be broken up, leading to immense innovation and competition. However, Judge Mehta’s lack of experience with concentrated power and his failure to sanction Google for destroying evidence are concerning. Nonetheless, the case highlights the growing bipartisan movement for antitrust enforcement against big tech.

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