Google Founders Slated for Questions in Antitrust Probe

Posted in: Government & Policy at 09/06/2012 14:25

Google Inc. co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are slated for questioning by U.S. antitrust regulators and hired a top Washington law firm to help them prepare for their interviews, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Google executives retained Williams & Connolly LLP, the Washington law firm that has represented President Bill Clinton, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and the late Senator Edward Kennedy, as counsel for the depositions, said the people, who didn't want to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the matter. They didn't know when the interviews are scheduled to take place.

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