Korean Company Has Sufficient Nexus with State to Permit Gas Price Manipulation Suit by California Attorney General

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal clarified that, to demonstrate the court’s personal jurisdiction over a defendant in an antitrust case, the attorney general must simply establish that a defendant’s activities directed at the California market have a direct nexus with the anticompetitive conduct alleged in the complaint. SK Trading International Co….

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How the State Center Supports the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Efforts of the Attorney General Community

Originally published on Jan. 20, 2022 As former attorneys general from Colorado and Indiana, we are proud to serve on the board of the Center for State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws, Inc. (State Center). This organization was first formed in early 2004 by a dedicated group of former state deputy attorneys general…

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Texas et al. v. Google, No. 4:20-cv-00957 (E.D. Tex. Dec. 16, 2020)

The plaintiff states allege that  monopolized or attempted to monopolize products and services used by advertisers and publishers in online-display advertising on third-party sites. The complaint also alleges that Google engaged in false, misleading and deceptive acts while selling, buying and auctioning online-display ads. These anticompetitive and deceptive practices  diminished publishers’ ability to monetize content,…

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Colorado et al. v. Google, No. 1:30-cv-03715 (D.D.C. Dec. 17, 2020)

Thirty-eight states sued Google, alleging that Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related general search advertising markets through a series of anticompetitive contracts and conduct, hurting both consumers and advertisers. Consumers are denied the benefits of competition, including the possibility of higher quality services and better privacy protections. Advertisers are…

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Utah et al. v. Google LLC, No. 3:21-cv-05227 (N.D. Cal. July 7, 2021)

Thirty-seven states filed a lawsuit against Google for monopolizing the smartphone application market in violation of state and federal antitrust laws. According to the complaint, Google operates a web of exclusionary agreements with phone manufacturers and carriers to exert control over app distribution on Android phones through its Google Play Store. By leveraging those anticompetitive…

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Attorneys General to Congress: Provide States with the Same Antitrust Venue Rights as Federal Enforcers

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is urging Congress to pass the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021. The legislation would provide states with the same venue selection rights as federal enforcers by prohibiting the transfer of state antitrust actions into a multidistrict litigation. Attorneys general pursue antitrust enforcement actions…

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NAAG Endorses State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021

State attorneys general around the country are actively pursuing significant antitrust enforcement actions on behalf of consumers in their respective states.

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NAAG Asks Congress to Support State Antitrust Efforts

As Congress once again considers antitrust reform measures that will have significant impacts on our citizens and business communities for years to come, we encourage you to enhance the antitrust enforcement capabilities of the states, in addition to federal agencies. We thank you for your leadership on this important matter.

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Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Call on Congress to Support Federal Funds for State Antitrust Enforcement

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is calling on Congress to provide the necessary funding to support state antitrust enforcement efforts that promote competition and benefit consumers. As the chief legal officers of the states and territories, attorneys general play a critical role in enforcing state and federal antitrust laws. Often…

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United States and Plaintiff States v. Google, No. 1:20-cv-03010 (D.D.C. Oct. 20, 2020)

Eleven states and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to prevent Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets. According to the complaint, Google accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States. Google has entered into a series of…

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