Los Angeles – Google is facing possible antitrust
investigations in the states of Ohio and Wisconsin, Bloomberg reported, citing
a state official and a source familiar with the matters. The Wisconsin Attorney
General, J.B. Van Holden, is reportedly considering an investigation of
Google’s deal to acquire ITA Software, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
is "evaluating the facts to determine if it’s something we want to
review," spokesman Dan Tierney told Bloomberg.
The U.S. Justice Department
has already announced that it is looking into the ITA deal.
Officials in Texas
and the European Union are also questioning Google about whether it engineers
its search results to benefit its own services, Google spokesman Adam
Kovacevich told Bloomberg.
Bloomberg’s sources say neither the Justice Dept.
nor the FTC have launched more broad antitrust inquiries of Google.