WASHINGTON – A group of powerful Democratic and Republican state attorneys general plans to forge ahead with its own antitrust investigation into Google even after the Department of Justice files its imminent lawsuit against the search-and-advertising giant.
With a federal lawsuit expected in a matter of days, states including Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and New York are preparing to issue a joint public statement indicating they are still scrutinizing a wide array of Google’s business practices and may instead opt to join any federal case later, according to four people familiar with their thinking, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The timing may serve to grant the states additional legal and political flexibility, the sources said. Some remain uncomfortable with the Justice Department’s approach to the Google investigation, while others fear the potential for a disruption in the lawsuit in the event that President Donald Trump loses the 2020 election – a result that would shake up the federal government’s ranks and delay what is widely regarded as one of the most significant antitrust lawsuits in decades.
The Justice Department declined to comment, as did Google.
Hawaii accepts first vacationers
HONOLULU – About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pretravel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test.
Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a plane to Hawaii Thursday morning.
The new testing program is an effort to stem the devastating downturn the pandemic has had on Hawaii’s tourism-based economy.
Officials had touted the mandatory quarantine rule as an integral part of Hawaii’s early success in keeping the coronavirus at bay.
From wire reports
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