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Google is asking a judge to dismiss most of its antitrust lawsuits in Texas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google asked a federal judge on Friday to dismiss most of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and other states accusing the search engine giant of abusing its dominant position in the online advertising market.

Google said in its court filing that the states failed to show that it illegally cooperated with Facebook (now Meta) to counter “header bidding” – a technology developed by publishers to make more money from ads placed on their websites. Facebook is not a defendant in the lawsuit.

The states also alleged that Google used at least three ad auction manipulation programs to force advertisers and publishers to use Google tools.

Google responded that states had a “collection of complaints” but no evidence of wrongdoing. On some of the allegations, Google argued that states waited too long to file lawsuits.

“They criticize Google for not designing its products to better meet the needs of its competitors and for making improvements to its products that leave the competition too far behind. They see the “solution” to Google’s success in stopping Google, the company said in its filing.

Google moved to dismiss four of the six counts with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought in the same court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said they will continue to fight. “A company whose motto was once ‘Don’t be evil’ now asks the world to examine its egregious monopoly abuses and see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil,” he said in a statement.

The Texas lawsuit included two other state law claims brought against Google that were stayed in September. The search engine giant did not call for their dismissal on Friday, but it may in the future.

The lawsuit is part of a long list of antitrust investigations and federal and state prosecutions against Big Tech platforms.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)