Google antitrust probe in U.S. may be wrapping up

By Christina DesMarais, PC World |  IT Management, antitrust, Google

In November, two Silicon Valley lawmakers said the FTC may be headed toward an "unwarranted" power grabin its antitrust investigation of Google. California democrats Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren wrote in a letter to the FTC that while various media reports had suggested the FTC may accuse Google of unfair or deceptive business practices in addition to traditional antitrust violations, the additional charges would be an expanded role for the agency in antitrust cases.

Google has faced criticism for its business practices overseas as well.

The European Union and India are still investigating allegations of anticompetitive practices by Google.

Competition Commission of India, the country's antitrust agency, in August launched a probe against Google for alleged anti-competitive practices following a complaint by a consumer watchdog group.

And EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia recently said negotiations with Google to settle an antitrust probe have "advanced," but talks are not yet concluded. He also said he could not anticipate the outcome of ongoing talks although they couldn't go on forever in spite of the fact that there is no precise deadline for their conclusion.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz had previously said he expected the U.S. probe to be wrapped up before the end of the year.

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