In a sign that the government has stepped up its antitrust investigation of a class-action settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers, the Justice Department (DOJ) has issued formal requests for information to several of the parties involved, reports the New York Times. DOJ has sent the requests to various parties, including Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Authors Guild, and individual publishers, said Michael J. Boni, a lawyer for the Authors Guild. "They are asking for a lot of information," Boni said. "It signals that they are serious about the antitrust implications of the settlement."...

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