Google Sued For Breaking Antitrust Rules, Could Incur Billions In Fine

Google Sued For Breaking Antitrust Rules, Could Incur Billions In Fine
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Google has been sued by Europe’s antitrust regulator on grounds of prioritizing its own business in search results, unfairly limiting the competition.


Officials of the 28-nation European Union claimed that Google asserted its dominance by favoring its shopping services – “Google Shopping” – over other competitors.

According to New York Post, a former Federal Trade Commission official said, “This gets at the design of Google’s core product.

“The precedent [even though the charge is only about favoring Google Shopping] is potentially quite dangerous.”

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Google has been under scrutiny of the EU for the past five years. The union has been looking into the company’s operations over anti-competitive practices.

Margrethe Vestager, EU’s antitrust chief, has also issued an investigation to find out if Google is using its mobile operating system, Android, to take unfair advantage over its rivals.

Google may have to pay a monumental sum of money – one that can be as high as billions of dollars – in fine if it is unable to defend the claims.

The EU had previously sued Microsoft on grounds of breaking antitrust rules, for which the software company had to pay a huge fine in addition to changing its business practices in Europe.

Microsoft was accused by officials of misusing authority in the personal-computer operating system market to elbow out rivals by decreasing competition and upping its market share.

According to LA Times, Microsoft incurred a fine of $2.1 billion based on investigations that started in the 1990s. The company requested that it be excused from paying one of the amounts, but the Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the fine.

However, that wasn’t the end of troubles for Microsoft. On March 2013, it was accused once more for not abiding to an agreement to let users choose web browsers other than Internet Explorer. Microsoft was charged $731 million. The company accepted the fault, claiming it was a “technical error.”

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  • nikki neel

    One thing I have noticed is the preferential treatment Google gives to companies it owns HUGE shares in. Google owns 1 billion dollars of AOL and AOL runs the joke of a website WetPaint which continually employs the bait & Switch practice to click bait readers. One example was a title about “Emily Maynard contemplating a life-changing decision” click…its a post she tweeted about whether or not she should get bangs. This “story” was also considered a “news” story and received top billing.

    Wetpaint ALWAYS gets top billing despite their long history of inaccuracy, misspellings, click-baiting, and circular link schemes. Seriously Microsoft should examine this. Obviously if Google owns a billion dollars of AOL they are motivated to move their companies search results to the top aka WetPaint.

    There is definitely something fishy going on w/ Google because they continue to boost the same low quality results over more accurate and valuable ones. I hope this links will be investigated and this internet mafia will go away..

  • nikki neel

    Google also holds a monopoly on the buying and selling of ads. They claim they dont but its a joke because Googles “competition” buys ads via Google so they are actually just middle managers. Its why if u own a website u ave to block urls like Ebay and Yahoo and Amazon because they pay horribly and why do they pay so low? they couldnt pay so low unless Google adwords accepted their insultingly low bids—some as low as a fraction of a penny per click. and why would Adwords give their “competition” special treatment…simple because they want to make sure that the competition will not pay publishers a fraction of what they do. So they are not competitors. they are “partners”. If you have used the competition you know how insultingly low the pay is and some think that speaks to how much better Google is. No it speaks to what a HUGE monopoly they have. They ensure there will be no competition for publishers by giving competition screaming deals on buying ads.