Ohio AG suit seeks declaration of Google as public utility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility and to regulate it as one in the latest twist on the escalating legal efforts to rein in the company that runs the internet’s dominant search engine. The Republican official is alleging Google has been abusing its power in a way that is discriminatory and anti-competitive to Ohio residents. Google attacked the lawsuit Tuesday as a misguided attempt to force changes that would diminish the quality of its search results. Yost also joined a multi-state antitrust lawsuit against Google filed last December.

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