The $2 billion deal by Spain's largest insurer to purchase a Massachusetts-based auto insurer is being investigated by the state's attorney general, the U.S. company has revealed.

In its proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commerce Group Inc. said the Massachusetts' attorney general examining whether the proposed merger with MAPFRE SA violates either the state's Antitrust Act or Consumer Protection Act.

Webster, Mass.-based Commerce said in its filing that the attorney general began the civil investigation on Dec. 3.

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