FTC Closes Antitrust Investigation of Google

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has closed its 19-month investigation of Google, with the five commissioners unanimously voting that the company's handling of its search results had not violated U.S. antitrust laws on any grounds. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represented Google in connection with the FTC's investigation.

The FTC said it had found that Google's algorithm changes were designed to improve its search results for the benefit of consumers and that "any negative impact on actual or perceived competitors was incidental to that purpose." The FTC ultimately determined that "the documents, testimony and quantitative evidence the Commission examined are largely consistent with the conclusion that Google likely benefited consumers by prominently displaying its vertical content on its search results page."

The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati team that represented Google in the matter was led by partner and antitrust practice co-chair Susan Creighton and included partners Jonathan Jacobson, Dylan Liddiard, Chul Pak, Franklin Rubinstein, and Scott Sher.

For additional information, click here to read Google's announcement.