May 2, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hired a former Department of Justice prosecutor to help with the FTC’s Google antitrust investigation. The probe revolves around the issue whether Google Inc. violated antitrust laws. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz clarified that the agency has not yet decided to sue Google, and hiring the prosecutor does not signify the FTC’s decision to file a lawsuit against the search engine. Analysts interpret the FTC’s decision as a sign that the agency is preparing for a possible court battle.