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Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility

Google's headquartars, the Googleplex, in Mountain View, CA.

Ohio is the first state to bring a lawsuit against Google alleging the search engine giant is a public utility that "uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Googles own products."

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare Google a public utility, which would subject the Silicon Valley giant to government regulation. 

Yost's complaint, filed in Delaware County Court, alleges Google has used its dominance as a search engine to prioritize its own products over "organic search results" in a way that "intentionally disadvantages competitors." 

"Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google's own products--that's discriminatory and anti-competitive," Yost said in a statement. "When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access."


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