The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

Google should not be accused of "unfair" acts: Lawmakers


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Two United States (US) lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday to steer clear of expanding its authority as it investigates allegations search engine company Google violated antitrust law.

The two California Democrats in the US House of Representatives, who count Google as a major campaign contributor, asked the FTC not to accuse the company of "unfair"acts if it believes it broke antitrust law.

Ms Anna Eshoo, on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Ms Zoe Lofgren, who is on the Judiciary Committee, said there were reports to suggest the FTC planned to use the unfair standard to avoid proving some elements required in an antitrust claim.

They said such a move could lead to over-broad authority for the FTC that could create legal uncertainties for firms and stifle economic growth.