California May Object To Google-Yahoo Deal

    September 10, 2008

Children in Slovakia are not, as far as we know, examining the Google-Yahoo search ad partnership, but it looks like just about everyone else is having a glance.  Reports indicate that at least one state’s attorney general is the latest person to pursue the issue.

Deborah Gage writes that California’s Jerry Brown may be following in the footsteps of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Canadian Competition Bureau.  Although no official investigation has been announced, this makes some sense as both companies are headquartered in his territory.

Jerry Brown
 Jerry Brown

Gage states, "[A]ccording to a letter Brown’s director of legislative affairs, Marc Le Forestier, sent last month to Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon (San Diego County), the Justice Department is making documents available to Brown’s office through ‘a confidential online document repository.’"

What’s more, "The letter also references press reports that other state attorneys general are reviewing the deal."

All of this, taken in combination with yesterday’s news about the DOJ and Sandy Litvack, makes things look somewhat uncertain for Google and Yahoo.  Since Google’s stock has moved lower on five of the last seven trading days, and Yahoo’s already near a five-year low, it wouldn’t be surprising if investors respond by backing away a little more.