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Mike Kenny, Alston & Bird, Atlanta. (Courtesy photo) Mike Kenny, Alston & Bird, Atlanta. (Courtesy photo)

In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic and on the cusp of a presidential election of historic contentiousness, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Oct. 20, 2020, that it and 11 states, including Georgia, were suing Google for alleged violations of the antitrust laws. More specifically, the DOJ is bringing three Section 2 Sherman Act claims, alleging that Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in the following three alleged markets: (1) general search services; (2) search advertising; and (3) general search text advertising.

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