Following EU fine, AG Hawley issues second subpoena in Google investigation

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Wednesday that his office had served a second subpoena on Google, continuing the state’s investigation into the tech company’s business practices.

According to a press release, the new subpoena will look into whether Google has potentially broken state and federal laws by engaging in anti-competitive practices.

The move comes a week after European Union authorities fined Google a record $5.1 billion, saying the company abused its powers in mobile markets when it required phone manufacturers to pre-install Google’s search engine and browser in order to access many Android applications. The European Commission said it also found Google was offering financial incentives to mobile device manufacturers to exclude competing applications.

“If the European Commission’s allegations are true, Google’s conduct may have violated both federal and state antitrust laws,” Hawley said in the release.

In November, the Attorney General’s office launched an investigation into Google’s business practices to see if the company was violating state merchandising, consumer-protection and antitrust laws. Hawley is currently campaigning for the Republican nomination in Missouri’s race for U.S. Senate against Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent.

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