More than half of the country’s state attorneys general are readying an antitrust investigation into Google’s advertising practices, with an announcement of the probe set for next week in Washington, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
The announcement is expected to be made on September 9 near the US Supreme Court, one of the sources said. The Washington Post was first to report the expected announcement.
“We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector,” a spokesperson for Google (GOOGL) told CNN Business in a statement on Tuesday.
While the announcement will focus on Google, other companies could be drawn in by the states — either as targets of other investigations or to serve as effective witnesses.
“With all the investigations going on, there’ll be multiple cases against multiple defendants on multiple theories [of harm],” another source said.