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Hawley begins investigation into Google in connection to the company's business practices

Hawley said he will be specifically looking into if Google has violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and Missouri's antitrust laws.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley launches an antitrust investigation into Google (GOOGL, GOOG), accusing the company of violating the state's consumer protection laws.

Hawley - a Republican who is running for the GOP Senate nomination to challenge sitting Democratic Sen.

Additionally, Hawley says he plans to investigate allegations that Google wrongly scrapes material from competitors' sites.

Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan said in a statement that the company has not yet received the subpoena.

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Google has largely steered clear of antitrust problems in the U.S. That's not the case in Europe, where the company faces a fine of about $2.7 billion over the display of its shopping ads. The investigation will focus on Google's use of data, as well as allegations that it discriminates against competitors in the search results.

Hawley said that to his knowledge, no other states have opened comparable investigations into Google. Hawley said the Federal Trade Commission under former President Barack Obama "did not take any enforcement action against Google, did not press this forward and has essentially given them a free pass".

"There is strong reason to believe that Google has not been acting with the best interest of Missourians in mind", Hawley said.



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