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Google Now Dealing with New EU Antitrust Complaint

02.12.13

Just as Google proposed a settlement with the EU, on January 30, 2013 i-Comp filed a new complaint of antitrust charges about which Bloomberg reported that Google’s “search results discriminate against competitors.” I-Comp is led by Microsoft and posted on its website: 

By creating an illegal network of exclusive relationships with these important partners, Google achieved its key objective: gaining scale for itself while preventing its rivals from doing the same,...

 

MSN News (published by Microsoft) reported: 

  • If the commission accepts the proposals under its settlement procedure, it would mean no fine and no finding of wrongdoing against Google. 
  • Companies found to be in breach of EU rules can be fined as much as 10 percent of global turnover, which could mean up to $4 billion if there is no satisfactory resolution in Google’s case.

It is significant that comScore estimates that Google accounts for about 82% of all EU searches and about 67% of all US searches.

Since the FTC concluded that Google did not violate US antitrust laws in early January 2013 the new EU antitrust claims do not allow for a swift settlement as apparently Google hoped. 

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