(Ap) – Google on Thursday in a petition in a Texas court in order to ensure that the state-led investigation into possible violations of the antitrust laws by searching on the Internet, and the advertising company will not compromise its confidential business information.
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The claim by Google, and its parents, Alphabets Inc (GOOGL.D) came after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the probe, due to the 48 continental states of the united states, Washington, D. C., and Puerto Rico, which has hired two consultants who have been working with Google competitors and critics.
Google wants to ensure that the consultants are Cristina Caffarra, an economist who has worked for Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.(O) and News Corp (NWSA.And Eugene Burrus, a former Microsoft attorney, from disclosing sensitive information, or to work for competitors for one year after completing their consultancies, the end.
“In view of the extent of the confidential information sought by Paxton’s office, and the higher the risk of leaks and the publication of its competitors, Google and the plaintiffs in this and many other judicial proceeding, a court order is appropriate and necessary,” Google said.
Paxton’s office had no immediate comment. The probe was launched in September.
Technology-related companies, such as Google, Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.(O) and Facebook Inc (FB.D) faced with a growing anti-trust concerns of regulators and legislators.
The industry has been under close scrutiny over issues such as their growing, or dominant market shares, their ability to protect the privacy of the users, regardless of whether or not it is the spreading of false information, or in favor of certain viewpoints over others.
In a petition filed with a Travis County, Texas state court, Google said Paxton has refused to accept the necessary restrictions on the disclosure of confidential Google information, such as a prohibition on consultants working for competitors during the probe.
Caffarra, a competition expert at Charles River Associates, has been described as a “public critic” of Google, which has challenged the business practices of the company and for the European Union, and Russia, on behalf of Yandex (YNDX.(O) to be a rival in this country.
The petition also said Burrus, a consultant to McKinsey & Co., which claimed to have “evolved” in a case that resulted in a $2.7 bn european commission fine for Google in June of 2017.
Google doesn’t have the name, Caffarra, Burrus or third-party advisor, Notre Dame law professor Roger Alford, as respondents in the petition.
It is said that the protective order to Alford, to hire him for future legal work at Google.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington, D. C, Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Cynthia Osterman