The US Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc’s Google, accusing it of abusing its monopoly in search in the most significant antitrust action against an American company in more than two decades, with more action by states likely to follow.

Google, which controls about 90% of the online search market in the US, is the “unchallenged gateway” to the internet and engaged in a variety of anticompetitive practices to maintain and extend its monopoly, the government said in a complaint filed on Oct 20 in Washington.

The company has used exclusive deals costing billions of dollars to dominate search and lock out competition from rivals, the US said.

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