Greg Abbott Posts

European Commission, AGs Have Final Word, Not FTC

Friday, January 4th, 2013

As the dust settles after the Federal Trade Commission’s disappointing announcement of its settlement with Google, it is clear that the FTC will not have the last word in determining whether Google’s practices are illegal, and whether the company will have to change them. Google is expected to make a formal, detailed proposal to the Read more »

FTC Hires Economist, Texas AG Case ‘Looms Large’

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Yet another sign has emerged that the Federal Trade Commission is serious about preparations to bring a case against Google for antitrust and consumer protection law violations if the company continues to refuse to change its anti-competitive practices on its own through permanent and legally binding agreements. The FTC hired Rich Gilbert, a former top Read more »

Google Messing With Texas, and Everyone Else

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Google is yet again stonewalling law enforcement and government officials who are asking for more information about serious allegations that its business practices violate antitrust and consumer protection laws. In June, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued Google in state court for withholding 14,500 documents needed for the state’s antitrust investigation. Despite that suit and Read more »

Abbott to Google: Don’t Mess with Texas

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Big news out of the Texas Attorney General’s office today.  According to MLex, Texas AG Greg Abbott is suing Google in state court saying that the company has “failed to fully comply with earlier investigative subpoenas to produce documents around the state’s antitrust investigation of Google’s search and advertising practices.” According to The Wall Street Journal, Read more »

Austin American-Statesman: Lynch: States should protect consumers from Google’s abuse of power online

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch writes a must-read op-ed in today’s Austin American-Statesman, in which he urges his former colleagues “on the front lines of consumer protection” to take a close look at Google’s abuse of power online: Protecting consumers, especially from abuses on the Internet, is a primary responsibility of today’s Attorney Read more »