The Empire Strikes Back: The Tipline for 14 September 2022

Google must face the majority of the digital advertising-focused Section 2 case brought by a Texas-led coalition of states, but it has escaped the lawsuit’s most salacious allegation. Judge Kevin Castel said the states’ claim that Google's "Jedi Blue" agreement with Facebook was a conspiracy to reduce competition for header bidding failed to account for the pair's legitimate business motivations.

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