Google-Motorola deal attracts the DoJ's antitrust suits

Google-Motorola deal attracts the DoJ's antitrust suitsSeems you can't spend $12.5bn of your own hard-earned cash these days without someone having an opinion about it.

Google's big-money purchase of Motorola, a deal that had nothing whatsoever to do with patents, has attracted the attention of the chaps over at the US Department of Justice, who have requested more info about the deal.

The “Googorola” deal first came to light last month, with Google shocking the tech world with the news that it had agreed to buy out the once-dominant Moto for some Very Big Bills.

Most of us reasoned that it was mainly about securing the phone maker's pile of patents to better protect itself in the current climate of legal battles and royalties deals – though Google itself has refuted this idea.

Either way, the bureaucrats of the DoJ's antitrust division reckon they need “additional information and documentary material” from both Google and Motorola, and it remains to be seen whether it will affect the expected late 2011 or early 2012 wrapping up of the deal we've been promised.

On a side note, anyone remember the movie Antitrust? Ah, those were simpler times...

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RiKx  Sep. 30, 2011 at 11:25

mmmm Clare Forlani....

drunken_prozac  Sep. 30, 2011 at 15:53

What a cracking film, It's sat on my shelf with no dust at all due to it being brilliant :)


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