Senators Urge Scrutiny Of Google, Doubleclick Merger

Law360, New York (November 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Urging caution in reviewing Google Inc.’s proposed $3 billion takeover of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick Inc., two U.S. senators told Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras on Tuesday that the implications of the deal need “serious scrutiny.”

In a letter to Majoras, Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, “The implications of this [merger] for the Internet advertising market – and for the Internet as a whole – are profound and potentially far-reaching.”

Kohl serves as chairman of the Senate subcommittee on antitrust,...
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