The Republican Party’s Senate candidate JD Vance, State Rep. Douglas Swearingen, and the Claremont Institute have filed an amicus brief in the State Ohio vs. Google lawsuit, supporting the state’s accusation against the tech giant of anti-competitive practices.
The state of Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against Google, asking the court to declare Google a public utility because of its dominance in the search market and “discriminatory and anti-competitive behavior.”
If the court declared the tech giant a public utility it would be subject to federal regulations preventing it from discriminating against users.
While announcing the lawsuit in June, Yost said: “Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products — that’s discriminatory and anti-competitive.”
We obtained a copy of the original complaint for you here.
“When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access,” Yost added.
Claremont Institute’s John Eastman said: “The Claremont Institute’s goal is to protect public discourse and a robust marketplace of ideas, and therefore it has a real and substantial interest in the Attorney General’s efforts to protect Ohioan citizens’ ability to communicate and engage in meaningful democratic discourse on today’s public square – the internet.”
JD Vance said Yost should be “applauded for this landmark lawsuit which can give Ohio the ability to provide overdue meaningful oversight of Big Technology companies like Google.”