Hawaii's Attorney General joins 49 attorneys in bipartisan Google antitrust investigation
Attorney General Clare E. Connors on Tuesday joined 49 attorneys general in a multi-state, bipartisan investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws.
The bipartisan coalition announced plans to investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anti-competitive behavior that harms consumers.
Legal experts from each state will work in cooperation with Federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets.
“Access to information is power and Google is one of the biggest companies in the information business,” said Attorney General Connors. “There are serious concerns that Google’s current position is the result of anti-competitive business practices rather than the excellence of their product offerings.”
According to the office of the Attorney General, past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to now three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission.