California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wants to join the antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google filed by the Justice Department and a group of states.
Becerra’s office filed court papers Friday seeking a judge’s approval to be added to the case as a plaintiff. California would be the first state led by a Democratic attorney general to join the case.
“We’re moving to join a lawsuit against @Google for violating federal antitrust laws,” Becerra said on Twitter. “By using exclusionary business agreements to dominate the market, Google has stifled competition and rigged the advertising market.”
The Justice Department and 11 Republican attorneys general sued Mountain View, California-based Google in October, alleging the company violated antitrust laws by using exclusive distribution agreements with phone manufacturers and wireless carriers to lock out competition from rival search engines.