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September 2012 Policy Study, Number 12-10


The Federal Trade Commission’s Investigation of Google


Two Types of Claims



There are two types of claims the Federal Trade Commission might make against Google. One is an antimonopoly claim: the assertion would be that Google is violating the antitrust laws by misusing its position in the search industry (it handles a little less than two-thirds of searches conducted on general search engines in the U.S.). The other theory is that Google is engaging in “unfair methods of competition” which are prohibited by Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.




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