Alphabet-owned Google said on Friday it would not file a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government last month, but would enter a plea in federal court. The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit in October against the search and advertising giant, which has a market capitalization of more than $1 trillion, accusing it of illegally using its dominant market position to block competition.
It is the biggest enforcement action by U.S. regulators in decades against the power and influence of large technology companies.
Google will not file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, the two sides said in a brief court filing Friday. The company said it would file a response to the government’s lawsuit by December 21.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Google also said they failed to reach an agreement on how to protect confidential information provided to the government by third parties. They indicated that a position statement would be submitted by 13 November.