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U.S.: FTC Republican nominee excuses himself from Google cases

 |  December 3, 2012

Joshua Wright, nominee to fill a Republican slot on the Federal Trade Commission, will announce on Tuesday that he will recuse himself from all FTC cases involving Google for two years to avoid any conflict of interest. As a professor at George Mason University, Wright has been a part of research indirectly funded by Google. Some experts are concerned because Wright has previously defended the search giant over the FTC’s ongoing antitrust investigation. The recusal was recommended by the FTC general counsel’s office, citing President Obama’s ethics policy, which specifically recommends two years of recusal if there is found to be a conflict of interest within a case. Wright’s announcement comes at the same time as reports that E.U. and U.S. antitrust representatives will soon converge in Europe over their individual investigations into Google.

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