Some U.S. state attorneys general will meet with Justice Department lawyers this week to discuss a separate investigation into Google, people familiar with the matter said. The meeting could lead to a coalition of the two sides. Bloomberg News, citing two people familiar with the matter, said in November that a coalition of 48 states had launched an antitrust investigation that would delve into Google’s search and mobile software business, not just its initial focus on google’s advertising business.
In November, state officials met privately in Denver to help prepare for an investigation into challenging competition, one of the people said. The states also plan to develop a strategy to divide the investigation,’ two people familiar with the matter said.
At least seven state attorneys general involved in the investigation were said to have been invited to the meeting.