Google has temporarily shut down its online customer service and email services in the Lone Star State following a lawsuit filed by Texas Gas and Electric Company (NYSE:GSE).
The lawsuit accuses the company of violating state consumer protections by failing to provide adequate notice to customers, a failure to properly investigate reports of violations, and violating Texas’s Electronic Communications Privacy Act by failing or refusing to comply with court orders.GSE, the nation’s largest electric utility, said in a statement that it is filing for bankruptcy and closing its websites.
The company says it expects to spend the next six months preparing for the bankruptcy.
The shutdown is the latest blow to a company that has enjoyed rapid growth since its inception more than 20 years ago.
Since its debut in the late 1970s, Google has become a dominant force in online advertising, video and communications.
Its revenue grew at a blistering rate, reaching $20 billion last year.
It has become one of the world’s largest tech companies.
Google and other tech companies have struggled in recent years to comply fully with federal privacy and data protection laws that require companies to obtain customer information before they sell it or use it for commercial purposes.
In addition to its lawsuits, Google is facing a host of lawsuits from consumer groups, including those seeking to block the sale of a new Chromebook computer that was being manufactured by the company.
The company says the lawsuit is baseless and will not be allowed to proceed.