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DOJ Solicited Outside Law Firm for Help With Tech Antitrust Case

  • Department approached at least one law firm about tech probe
  • U.S. used an outside firm in landmark Microsoft antitrust case
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The U.S. Justice Department has sought outside legal help to bolster its antitrust investigations of large technology platforms, according to two people familiar with the matter, in a sign that the government may be preparing a lawsuit against one or more of the companies.

The department approached at least one law firm about working on the government’s behalf, said the people. That firm -- Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick PLLC -- declined to take on the assignment because of a conflict, according to one of the people, who asked not to be named because the investigation is confidential.