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US: Google target of new antitrust probe by state AGs

 |  September 3, 2019

More than half of US state attorneys general are readying an investigation into Alphabet’s Google for potential antitrust violations, Reuters reported on Tuesday, September 3.

Texas leads the group of 30-plus attorneys general, which plans to announce the probe on September 9, the source said.

Google stated that it was cooperating with the state officials. “We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector,” Google representative Jose Castaneda said.

Over the summer, some state attorneys general met privately with officials from the Justice Department, which announced its own broad review into big tech, to discuss their antitrust concerns. The agency’s antitrust leader, Makan Delrahim, later said at a conference in August that the federal government is coordinating with state leaders, which he numbered at more than a dozen, but declined to offer further details about the agency’s plans.

Full Content: Reuters, Washington Post

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