FTC Commissioner Defends Ending Google Probe

Law360, Washington (May 15, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen on Wednesday defended the commission's decision to close its search bias investigation of Google Inc., saying the search giant's algorithms and practices had a negligible antitrust effect and that an agency remedy wouldn't have been effective.

While Google ended up making some voluntary changes to its search and advertising practices after the agency probe ended in January, Ohlhausen said an FTC-mandated remedy could have stifled future Internet innovation and maintained ending the investigation was the right move.

“The commission understands...
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