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U.S.: FTC hires economist in Google case

 |  October 3, 2012

FTC has hired an established and prominent economist, Rich Gilbert, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley. At the FTC he will serve as a key economist in the commission’s probe of whether Google’s business practices are anti-competitive. Gilbert joins Beth Wilkinson, the former Justice Department prosecutor who played a lead role in the conviction of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, as outside experts hired to help the FTC in the event it brings a case against Google. He is a former Clinton-era deputy assistant attorney general for economics in DOJ’s Antitrust Division, the highest-ranking economics position in the Antitrust Division. He specializes in antitrust economics, intellectual property and research and development, according to an FTC bio sheet.

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