FTC Hires Outside Litigator for Google Antitrust Probe

The Federal Trade Commission said it has hired an outside litigator to take charge of an antitrust investigation of Google, a sign that the agency has moved beyond the preliminary stage of its inquiry and was preparing to go to court. Beth Wilkinson, a former Justice Department prosecutor who played a lead role in the conviction of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, will take over the Google investigation, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a meeting with reporters.