WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google
asked a federal judge on Friday to dismiss the
majority of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and other states
that accused the search giant of abusing its dominance of the
online advertising market.
Google said in its court filing that the states failed to
show that it illegally worked with Facebook, now Meta, to
counter "header bidding," a technology that publishers developed
to make more money from advertising placed on their websites.
Facebook is not a defendant in the lawsuit.
The states had also alleged that Google used at least three
programs to manipulate ad auctions to coerce advertisers and
publishers into using Google's tools.
Google responded that the states had a "collection of
grievances" but no proof of wrongdoing. On some allegations,
Google argued the states waited too long to file its lawsuit.
"They criticize Google for not designing its products to
better suit its rivals' needs and for making improvements to
those products that leave its competitors too far behind. They
see the 'solution' to Googles success as holding Google back,"
the company said in its filing.
Google asked for four of the six counts to be dismissed with
prejudice, which means that it could not be brought back to the
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said they would press on
with the fight. "The company whose motto was once 'Don't Be
Evil' now asks the world to examine their egregious monopoly
abuses and see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil, he
said in a statement.
The Texas lawsuit had two other claims based on state law
and made against Google which were stayed in September. The
search giant did not ask for them to be dismissed on Friday but
may in the future.
The lawsuit is one part of a long list of antitrust
investigations and federal and state litigation against the Big
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; editing by Jonathan Oatis)