Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state is joining an antitrust lawsuit against Google for engaging in anticompetitive and exclusionary practices that eliminate competition for internet searches and search advertising.
Texas is joining the U.S. Department of Justice, along with Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, and South Carolina.
"Google's anticompetitive business strategies have disrupted the competitive process, reduced consumer choice, and stifled innovation," said Attorney General Paxton. "The violations set forth in the complaint show that Google no longer resembles the innovative startup it was 20 years ago. Our action today is intended to restore competition and allow rivals and next generation search engines to challenge Google so that the marketplace, not a monopolist, will decide how search services and search ads are offered."
Google has long denied the claims of unfair competition.