By Joe Menn
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission has hired outside counsel to run its antitrust investigation into Google Inc, the chairman of the commission said on Thursday.
The agency, which is conducting a probe into some of Google's business practices, has not yet decided whether to bring a case against the world's No. 1 search engine, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said on Thursday.
He said the FTC had gone outside its staff for a lead attorney for the first time in years because of the importance of the case. Beth Wilkinson, of the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, , will start on Monday, Leibowitz told a group of reporters during a trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
(Reporting By Joe Menn; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)