SD joins multistate lawsuit against Google

PIERRE, S.D. — Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced on Wednesday that the State of South Dakota has joined a coalition of 10 states in a lawsuit against Google for multiple violations of state and federal Antitrust Laws, including anticompetitive conduct, exclusionary practices, and deceptive misrepresentations with its role in the online display advertising industry.

The lawsuit alleges that Google monopolized, or attempted to monopolize, products and services used by advertisers and publishers in online display advertising. The complaint also alleges that the company engaged in false, misleading, and deceptive acts while buying, selling, and auctioning these ads.

“Unfair trade practices can impact South Dakotans even when they don’t realize they are the target,” said Ravnsborg. “As Attorney General I utilize my consumer protection division to watch out for the well-being of our citizens, and this case allows us to shine a light on these unfair, deceptive, and damaging business actions.”

South Dakota joins Texas, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah in the lawsuit.

The full text of the lawsuit is available online here.

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