Monopolies

States to expand Google probe

A photo of Google's logo.
Photo: Pedro Fiúza/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

The multi-state antitrust probe into Google will expand beyond the advertising business to search and Android, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Google is already facing investigations into potentially monopolistic behavior on many fronts, and the expansion of the states' probe will further widen the scrutiny.

Surescripts hit with another e-prescribing monopoly lawsuit

A pharmacy technician writes on a piece of paper in front of three computer screens.
Billions of prescriptions are filled electronically every year. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

A small pharmacy in New York has filed a class-action lawsuit against Surescripts, alleging that the company conspired with other health technology vendors to keep monopoly control over the market for electronically filled prescriptions.

The big picture: Antitrust litigation is piling up quickly against Surescripts, as the company's customers and federal regulators alike believe it has locked competitors out of a space that has become necessary to fill four out of five drug prescriptions.