FTC head won’t recuse herself from Google-DoubleClick deal review

Privacy groups say Deborah Platt Majoras’ husband is advising DoubleClickDeborah Platt Majoras, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), won’t remove herself from the agency’s pending review of Google Inc.’s proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc.In a statement today, Majoras said that after reviewing concerns about the case and consulting with the agency’s ethics attorney, she has “determined not to recuse myself from this matter because the relevant laws and rules, as detailed below, neither require nor support recusal.”
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9053159Also see:
Regulator Won’t Step Aside in Google Review [AP]
The head of the Federal Trade Commission said on Friday that she would not remove herself from an antitrust review of Google’s purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick, rebuffing requests from privacy groups opposed to the transaction.The chairwoman of the agency, Deborah Platt Majoras, said she had reviewed a petition from the groups with the agency’s ethics official and other staff members and had determined that “the relevant laws and rules . . . neither require nor support recusal.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/15/technology/15google.html
http://iht.com/articles/2007/12/12/technology/12google.phpFTC Issues Statements Regarding Recusal Petition for Review of Proposed Acquisition of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners V, LP (DoubleClick, Inc.) By Google, Inc.
This statement responds to the “Complaint Requesting Recusal of the Federal Trade Commission Chairman From the Pending Review of the Proposed Google-Doubleclick Merger” (“Petition”), which was filed with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) by Messrs. Rotenberg and Chester on December 12, 2007. After reviewing the relevant facts and consulting with the FTC’s Designated Agency Ethics Official, Deputy General Counsel Christian S. White, the General Counsel, my fellow Commissioners, and members of my staff, I have determined not to recuse myself from this matter because the relevant laws and rules, as detailed below, neither require nor support recusal.
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/12/google.shtm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.