On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice and several U.S. states launched a civil lawsuit against Google, accusing the tech giant of abusing its market power in online search monopoly to maintain that monopoly and abusing consumers, competitors, and partners while doing so.
Insiders have charged that the DOJ rushed this case to court in order to get a last-minute legal win for the current presidential administration ahead of what could be a crushing electoral defeat. But even in this reduced form---the DOJ’s investigation involved several other substantive charges as well---the government has made a compelling, even overwhelming, case for Google’s guilt. So the question isn’t whether Google is abusing its monopoly in online search, of course it is. The question is what to do about it.