FTC Settled Google Antitrust Case Despite Staff Recommendation To Sue

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FTC Settled Google Antitrust Case Despite Staff Recommendation To Sue
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The staff of the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommended filing charges against Google after concluding in 2012 that the search engine giant engaged in anticompetitive practices.

The recommendation of the FTC staff was discovered by the Wall Street Journal after the commission inadvertently disclosed the staff memo and supporting documents in an open-records request.

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The FTC staff concluded that Google’s “conduct has resulted—and will result—in real harm to consumers and to