Google has recently become the target of an antitrust lawsuit that accuses the search giant of illegally paying out advertising to other advertisers.
The case has been referred to the Federal Trade Commission, and antitrust regulators are looking into whether Google violated antitrust laws by paying out more than $400 million in revenue to other online advertising companies.
Google has been accused of abusing its dominant position in online advertising to buy up the competition in the online ad auction market.
The complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York accuses Google of paying companies to advertise on its website and in mobile applications, as well as through the Google News service and other Google products.
The complaint alleges that Google is paying companies “to engage in deceptive and unfair business practices that cause consumers to be misled, cheated, and cheated.”
The complaint also alleges that the companies are being paid “for services or advertising services rendered to consumers through the Internet advertising services, without any consideration for their services or services rendered by Google.”
The lawsuit filed in New York alleges that since Google started charging for online ads in 2010, it has paid more than a billion dollars in fees and commissions to online advertising services.
The lawsuit claims that Google’s “bundling” of ads with other Google search results made it a dominant player in online ad auctions.
Google has said that it is “fully cooperating” with antitrust regulators and is “reviewing our legal options” in the case.
Google declined to comment.