April 26, 2012 / 6:44 PM / in 6 years

FTC taps outside counsel for Google antitrust probe

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission has hired outside counsel to run its antitrust investigation into Google Inc, the chairman of the commission said on Thursday.

The agency, which is conducting a probe into some of Google’s business practices, has not yet decided whether to bring a case against the world’s No. 1 search engine, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said on Thursday.

He said the FTC had gone outside its staff for a lead attorney for the first time in years because of the importance of the case. Beth Wilkinson, of the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, , will start on Monday, Leibowitz told a group of reporters during a trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Reporting By Joe Menn; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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