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