COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a court to declare Google a public utility and to regulate it as one.
The Republican official filed the lawsuit alleging that Google has overreached its dominance in a way that is discriminatory and anti-competitive to Ohio residents.
Yost says the filing makes Ohio the first state in the country to seek a court declaration that Google is a public utility that should be subject to government regulation.
The recent complaint is the second lawsuit Yost has filed against Google since December.
The first was a multi-state antitrust investigation into Google’s business patterns.