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AG Jennings announces lawsuit to end Google’s illegal monopolyDate Posted: December 17, 2020
Delaware Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long-Term Care FacilitiesDate Posted: December 17, 2020
Solar Rebate Amounts to Increase Jan. 1, 2021Date Posted: December 17, 2020
State of Delaware offices in New Castle County will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020Date Posted: December 17, 2020
DPH Announces Arrival of 7,800 Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 16, 2020
DNREC Analysis of Brandywine River Dam Sediments Reveals Encouraging ResultsDate Posted: December 16, 2020
DNREC Cancels Dec. 16 Afternoon Managed Deer Hunt at Brandywine Creek State ParkDate Posted: December 15, 2020
CVS Health Awarded Pharmacy Benefit Management Contract for State of DelawareDate Posted: December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 15, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, Bayhealth Announce First Delawarean Has Received the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 15, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall: Dec. 14, 6:00 p.m.Date Posted: December 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Arrival of Delaware’s First Shipment of the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Dec. 15 Last Day to Sign Up for 2021 Coverage on Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Watch The Delaware Electoral Vote ProceedingsDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Delaware Taps Fund to Replace Diesel-Guzzling School BusesDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Delaware’s Plan to Distribute the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 12, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on Supreme Court’s Texas rulingDate Posted: December 12, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Dec. 11, 2020: Surge in New Positive Cases ContinuesDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Availability of Free Mail-Order NaloxoneDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 11, 2020
DNREC to Temporarily Close Delaware State Parks Nature Centers Starting Dec. 14Date Posted: December 11, 2020
Statement From Attorney General Jennings On Shooting Of Milford Police OfficerDate Posted: December 11, 2020
2021 Annual Prevailing Wage SurveyDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions to Confront Winter SurgeDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Individual, Groups, Businesses to Receive Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards at Jan. 18 Virtual CeremonyDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Governor Carney Releases Government Efficiency and Accountability Review (GEAR) Board ReportDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Delaware State Parks Annual Passes, Surf-Fishing Permits on Sale Dec. 16Date Posted: December 10, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update: DPH Receives Ultra-Cold Storage Unit, Finalizes Recommendations on Initial AllocationDate Posted: December 9, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Antitrust Suit Against Facebook  Date Posted: December 9, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Scheduled to Expire December 26, 2020Date Posted: December 9, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for December to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: December 8, 2020
State Treasurer Colleen Davis Appointed Committee Chair For the National Association of State TreasurersDate Posted: December 8, 2020
Hemp producers in Delaware must register growing sites annuallyDate Posted: December 8, 2020
December 8, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 8, 2020
Video Explores Four Enslaved People and An AbolitionistDate Posted: December 7, 2020
Attorney General Jennings announces $86.3 million multistate settlement with mortgage servicer NationstarDate Posted: December 7, 2020
Statement from Governor Carney on COVID-19 HospitalizationsDate Posted: December 5, 2020
Winter Weather Awareness Week – December 7-11Date Posted: December 4, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update — Dec. 4, 2020: DPH Continues to Announce Rise in Cases, Hospitalizations, RecoveriesDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Following federal indictment, DOJ reminds public of sexual abuse hotlineDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Zwaanendael Museum Decorated For The HolidaysDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Flags to be lowered December 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Stay-at-Home Advisory, Universal Indoor Mask OrderDate Posted: December 3, 2020
Mensaje del gobernador Carney sobre el COVID-19Date Posted: December 3, 2020
Message from Governor Carney on COVID-19Date Posted: December 3, 2020
DNREC Soliciting Grant Applications for Projects to Improve Water Quality in DelawareDate Posted: December 3, 2020
Four Virtual-Programs At State Museums In December 2020Date Posted: December 3, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Review of State’s COVID-19 Data DashboardDate Posted: December 2, 2020
“Delaware Day 2020 — Expanding the Delaware Story”Date Posted: December 2, 2020
DNREC’s Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Extended Six MonthsDate Posted: December 2, 2020
Killens Pond State Park to Close to Public Saturday for Cross Country State MeetDate Posted: December 1, 2020
FY2022 Grant Applications for Arts & Community-Based Organizations and Schools Now OpenDate Posted: December 1, 2020
December 1, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 1, 2020
Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Effective on Jan. 1, 2021Date Posted: December 1, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Unveils Delaware CARES Act Fund TrackerDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Delaware students thrive during in-person learningDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Numerous Delaware Hunting and Trapping Seasons Open in DecemberDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 29, 2020
Director Schall Tests Positive for COVID-19Date Posted: November 28, 2020
Statement from Governor Carney on DEMA Director’s Positive COVID-19 TestDate Posted: November 28, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 27, 2020: New Daily Cases Remain High; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 27, 2020
Delaware Families, Stakeholders Celebrate Adoption with Virtual EventDate Posted: November 25, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: November 25, 2020
DNREC’s Low-Digit Surf-Fishing Tag Auction Starts Black FridayDate Posted: November 25, 2020
DPH, DEMA Provide COVID-19 Testing UpdateDate Posted: November 24, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Multistate Data Breach Settlement With The Home DepotDate Posted: November 24, 2020
Governor Carney Announces $45 Million Higher Education Relief FundDate Posted: November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Poinsettia Sale to Run Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Greenhouse on DHSS’ Herman Holloway CampusDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Two Additional Youth at Stevenson House Test Positive for COVID-19Date Posted: November 23, 2020
Delaware Farmers Encouraged To Participate In Environmental Deeds QuestionnaireDate Posted: November 23, 2020
DNREC’s State Parks, Zoo Waive Entry Fees on Black FridayDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Delaware Emitira Beneficios de Emergencia para Novembre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Delaware Will Issue Emergency Benefits for November to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 20, 2020
YRS Gives COVID Update, Temporarily Suspends VisitationDate Posted: November 20, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Third Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 Emergency Order Date Posted: November 20, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: November 20, 2020: Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Reported, Hospitalizations IncreaseDate Posted: November 20, 2020
Christina senior secretary named Delaware’s first Educational Support Professional of the YearDate Posted: November 20, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Delaware Volunteer Fire Service Special ReportDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DSHA’s Eviction Defense, COVID-19 Rental Assistance, and Homes for Grads Programs Win National AwardsDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DNREC Opens Brandywine Zoo Madagascar ExhibitDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Delaware’s First Mental Health Parity Examinations CompleteDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Regional Coalition of Northeast Governors: Colleges Will Be Encouraged to Provide Testing for StudentsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Electronic Tax Filing Requirements for BusinessesDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Additional Direct Support Now Available to Small Businesses Applying for DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Second Suspect Charged For Murder Of Madison SparrowDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 RestrictionsDate Posted: November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Delaware Launches Free CyberStart America ChallengeDate Posted: November 17, 2020
20 District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored, one to be named state winnerDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Finalist for International Insurance Domicile of the YearDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach IncidentDate Posted: November 15, 2020
Relief Fund’s Community Resiliency Fund Applications Due Nov. 15Date Posted: November 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Nov. 13, 2020: New Daily Cases Continue to Spike; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Unified Command For Oil Incident Along Delaware, Maryland Beaches Suspends Cleanup OperationsDate Posted: November 13, 2020
AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse new policy that “will erode the public’s confidence in the 2020 election”Date Posted: November 13, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Testing Partnership with Nemours, Pediatric Care Providers across DelawareDate Posted: November 13, 2020

Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Thursday that Delaware and other states are suing search giant Google LLC for anticompetitive conduct in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The suit comes one week after Delaware announced a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. for violations of the Sherman Act and Clayton Act.

“Google became a household name through the virtually unabated domination of the search market,” said Attorney General Jennings. “It maintains that dominance illegally – including through a longstanding pattern of exclusionary contracts that starve out potential competitors – and at the expense of consumers’ privacy. America’s antitrust laws have stood the test of time because sprawling monopolies threaten consumer choice, stifle open markets, and erode accountability for bad corporate behavior. We have a duty to intervene against this kind of abuse, on behalf of our constituents and of consumers everywhere. That’s exactly what we’re doing today.”

The suit alleges that Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related advertising markets through anticompetitive conduct and exclusionary contracts. That conduct has deprived consumers of competition that could lead to greater choice, innovation, and better privacy protections. Furthermore, Google has exploited its market position to accumulate and leverage data to the detriment of consumers.
The complaint is consistent with a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on October 20, which alleged that Google improperly maintains its monopoly power in general search and search advertising through the use of exclusionary agreements. But the states’ filing asserts additional allegations and describes Google’s monopoly maintenance scheme as a multi-part effort. The lawsuit alleges that Google:
Uses exclusionary agreements and other practices to limit rival and potential rival search engines’ ability to reach consumers. This conduct cements Google as the go-to search engine on computers and mobile devices.
Utilized its search-advertising management tool, SA360, to discriminate against its search competitors to preference its own offerings despite promising advertisers it would not.
Discriminates against specialized search sites – such as those that provide travel, home repair, or entertainment services – by depriving them access to prime real estate because these competing sites threaten Google’s revenue and dominant position.
Google seeks to deploy the same exclusionary contracting tactics to monopolize the emerging ways consumers access general search engines, such as through their home smart speakers, televisions, or in their cars. In so doing, Google is depriving consumers of competitive choices and blocking innovation.
The state complaint also goes further than the U.S. DOJ’s in explaining how Google’s acquisition and command of vast amounts of data – obtained in increasing part because of consumers’ lack of choice – has fortified its monopoly.
The states ask the court to halt Google’s illegal conduct and restore a competitive marketplace. The states also seek to unwind any advantages that Google gained as a result of its anticompetitive conduct, including divestiture of assets as appropriate, and any additional relief it deems appropriate.
This matter is being handled by the DOJ’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division.
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Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Thursday that Delaware and other states are suing search giant Google LLC for anticompetitive conduct in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The suit comes one week after Delaware announced a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. for violations of the Sherman Act and Clayton Act.

“Google became a household name through the virtually unabated domination of the search market,” said Attorney General Jennings. “It maintains that dominance illegally – including through a longstanding pattern of exclusionary contracts that starve out potential competitors – and at the expense of consumers’ privacy. America’s antitrust laws have stood the test of time because sprawling monopolies threaten consumer choice, stifle open markets, and erode accountability for bad corporate behavior. We have a duty to intervene against this kind of abuse, on behalf of our constituents and of consumers everywhere. That’s exactly what we’re doing today.”

The suit alleges that Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related advertising markets through anticompetitive conduct and exclusionary contracts. That conduct has deprived consumers of competition that could lead to greater choice, innovation, and better privacy protections. Furthermore, Google has exploited its market position to accumulate and leverage data to the detriment of consumers.
The complaint is consistent with a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on October 20, which alleged that Google improperly maintains its monopoly power in general search and search advertising through the use of exclusionary agreements. But the states’ filing asserts additional allegations and describes Google’s monopoly maintenance scheme as a multi-part effort. The lawsuit alleges that Google:
Uses exclusionary agreements and other practices to limit rival and potential rival search engines’ ability to reach consumers. This conduct cements Google as the go-to search engine on computers and mobile devices.
Utilized its search-advertising management tool, SA360, to discriminate against its search competitors to preference its own offerings despite promising advertisers it would not.
Discriminates against specialized search sites – such as those that provide travel, home repair, or entertainment services – by depriving them access to prime real estate because these competing sites threaten Google’s revenue and dominant position.
Google seeks to deploy the same exclusionary contracting tactics to monopolize the emerging ways consumers access general search engines, such as through their home smart speakers, televisions, or in their cars. In so doing, Google is depriving consumers of competitive choices and blocking innovation.
The state complaint also goes further than the U.S. DOJ’s in explaining how Google’s acquisition and command of vast amounts of data – obtained in increasing part because of consumers’ lack of choice – has fortified its monopoly.
The states ask the court to halt Google’s illegal conduct and restore a competitive marketplace. The states also seek to unwind any advantages that Google gained as a result of its anticompetitive conduct, including divestiture of assets as appropriate, and any additional relief it deems appropriate.
This matter is being handled by the DOJ’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division.
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Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
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