Google demands judge dismiss Texas antitrust lawsuit

Google has asked a federal judge to dismiss the majority of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas and other states.

The states had accused the search giant of abusing its dominance of the online advertising market.

Google said that the states failed to show that it illegally worked with Facebook, now Meta (FB.O), to counter “header bidding.”

A header bidding is a technology that publishers developed to make more money from advertising placed on their websites.

The states had also alleged that Google used at least three programs to manipulate ad auctions to coerce advertisers and publishers into using Google’s tools.

Google responded that the states had a “collection of grievances” but no proof of wrongdoing.

Google asked for four of the six counts to be dismissed with prejudice, which means that it could not be brought back to the same court.