Google is said to be the target of antitrust lawsuits by the U.S. Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The U.S. lawsuit could come by the summer, while one or more lawsuits from the states could follow in the fall, the report said, citing unidentified individuals.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the multistate probe, said the investigation n Google’s role in the online ad market could be competed by the fall.
Google said in a statement that it’s engaging “with the ongoing investigations led by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Paxton” and it’s focused on “providing services that help consumers, support thousands of businesses, and enable increased choice and competition.”
Google had also faced a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation in 2013, with the FTC to take no action.