Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility that should be regulated as such. Specifically, the lawsuit seeks a legal declaration that Google is a "Common carrier," like phone, gas and electric companies, which must provide its services to anyone willing to pay its fee. Yost argues Google should therefore not be able to prioritize placement of its own products, services and websites on its search results pages. If someone searches for a flight, Google Flights is the first result that pops up after advertisements, not other search sites such as Expedia and Travelocity. In a statement, Google said Google Search is designed to provide people with the most relevant and helpful results and the Ohio lawsuit would make it harder for small businesses to connect directly with customers. The lawsuit isn't the first Ohio has filed against Google. In December, Ohio joined 37 other state attorneys general accusing Google of violating anti-trust laws.