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Nov. 30, 2020, 11:21 a.m. EST

Facebook and Google set to face new antitrust suits in U.S.

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By John D. McKinnon

WASHINGTON — Big Tech’s legal woes are expected to worsen in the coming weeks as federal and state antitrust authorities prepare to file new lawsuits against Facebook Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB +2.33% and Alphabet Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG -0.23% ’s Google, people familiar with the matter said.

The authorities are readying as many as four more cases targeting Google or Facebook by the end of January, these people said, following the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google last month.

Federal and state officials are probing whether the tech giants abused their power in the internet economy—Google to dominate search and advertising, and Facebook to dominate social media.

Google and Facebook have denied doing so, saying they operate in highly competitive markets and that their services, which are mostly free, benefit consumers.

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