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Google’s Ad Practices Draw Nationwide Probe by States

  • State attorneys general announce bipartisan antitrust probe
  • Inquiry follows Google disclosure of DOJ investigation Friday
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A nationwide group of states opened an investigation into whether Google’s advertising practices violate antitrust laws, targeting the heart of the search giant’s business.

Attorneys general from 48 states, led by Ken Paxton of Texas, and from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico announced the probe Monday on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, citing concerns that the company is raising costs for advertisers and questioning whether consumers are getting the best information from search results.