Dozens of states looking at Google antitrust probe

Google will be the target of an antitrust investigation by a broad coalition of state attorneys general set to be announced as early as next week, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

According to the Post, more than half of the nation’s state attorneys general will be participating in the Google investigation, though it’s unclear which states are involved.

An investigation has been rumored for months amid the growing federal scrutiny that Silicon Valley is facing over potential antitrust violations.

A small group of state law enforcers met with Makan Delrahim, head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, earlier this summer to discuss competition issues in Silicon Valley.

“Google’s services help people every day, create more choice for consumers, and support thousands of jobs and small businesses across the country,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. “We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector.”