Sep 6, 2019

Google discloses DOJ antitrust document request

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On Friday, Google disclosed that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked for documents about prior antitrust investigations, confirming the tech giant is a target of the agency's recently announced probe into the industry.

Why it matters: On Monday, a group of state attorneys general is expected to announce a similar probe, which Google also noted it anticipates.

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The growing list of U.S. government inquiries into Big Tech

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Monday, a large group of state attorneys general led by Texas's Ken Paxton is expected to announced a new antitrust probe into Google, adding to the lengthening list of investigations into the big internet companies.

Why it matters: Big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are now facing numerous state and federal probes into their practices. These companies have historically enjoyed wide regulatory freedom in the U.S., but lawmakers and regulators want to change that — and antitrust law gives government its most powerful tools to penalize, regulate or even break up American corporations.

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States to open Facebook antitrust probe

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A group of state attorneys general, led by New York's Letitia James, are opening a new antitrust probe into Facebook, just as another set led by Texas's Ken Paxton is gearing up to announce a separate investigation into Google on Monday.

Why it matters: The companies have faced increased scrutiny from federal lawmakers and regulators, and will now have to deal with investigations from the states.

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Facebook and Google slated to face more antitrust probes

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State attorneys general are expected to formally launch antitrust investigations this week into Facebook and Alphabet’s Google.

Background: These are separate from ongoing investigations by the Justice Department and the FTC, which have been looking into the 2 mega companies since last year, plus ongoing inquiries from the FBI and SEC.

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