Almunia Posts

FairSearch Panel Explores Mobile, EU Competition Issues

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Wednesday, FairSearch held a lunch panel in Washington D.C. to discuss Google’s proposed commitments to the European Commission (EC), and emerging competition issues in the mobile space. The event was held with the backdrop of the American Bar Association’s spring antitrust meetings. Attendees included staff from the FTC, US Justice Department, and FCC, Canada’s Competition Read more »

Responses to Google’s Revised Settlement Offer to the European Commission

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

On 28 October 2013, the European Commission sent confidential requests to approximately 125 companies and organizations asking for feedback on Google’s revised proposal to end the Commission’s investigation of Google’s potentially illegal abuses of its dominant position in online search and search advertising. The Commission rejected Google’s first proposal as insufficient after widespread criticism by Read more »

FairSearch Statement on Inadequacy of Google’s Proposed Commitments to the European Commission

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

See below for a statement from Thomas Vinje, Spokesman for FairSearch Europe: Google’s proposed commitments intended to resolve the search bias concerns are ineffective by design, and we have asked the Commission to reject them in their entirety. Google’s proposed commitments across the board retard rather than promote competition. As we’ve said often, they are Read more »

EU Companies, Trade Associations Say Google’s Proposed Remedies Are Worse than Nothing

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Representatives of six companies and trade associations appeared at a news briefing in Brussels on Tuesday to explain why they believe Google’s proposal to the European Commission to remedy concerns about its abuse of dominance are worse than nothing at all. In May 2012, European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia invited Google to offer proposals Read more »

FairSearch Statement About Coming ‘Market Test’ Launch

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The following statement relates to public reports that the European Commission will soon begin a ‘market test’ of Google’s proposal to settle the EC’s investigation into allegations of an illegal abuse of dominance by Google. The most important remedy to Google’s abuse of dominance is to require the search monopoly, which controls 94 percent of Read more »

European Commission, AGs Have Final Word, Not FTC

Friday, January 4th, 2013

As the dust settles after the Federal Trade Commission’s disappointing announcement of its settlement with Google, it is clear that the FTC will not have the last word in determining whether Google’s practices are illegal, and whether the company will have to change them. Google is expected to make a formal, detailed proposal to the Read more »

FairSearch Applauds Almunia For Seeking Binding Commitments From Google

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The following is a statement from FairSearch on the European Commission’s investigation of Google: “FairSearch applauds European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia for seeking to extract a binding set of commitments from Google to end biased search results and other potential legal violations he has identified, and to submit that proposal for market testing before Read more »

WSJ Op-Ed: Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz “Google Has Become a Brand Killer”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Today’s Wall Street Journal published an op-ed from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz titled “Google’s Monopoly and Internet Freedom.” In it, Katz outlines how Google has been abusing its monopoly power to charge higher prices for preferred search rankings, distorting the presentation and order of sites listed on its search results page and effectively hampering other Read more »

European Commission: “Users and Competitors would Greatly Benefit from a Quick Resolution”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Today, at the International Competition Law Forum, European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia gave an update on the investigation into “four concerns where Google business practices may be considered as abuses of dominance” (see his letter to Google identifying the potential violations of law). Almunia’s prepared remarks said: “On May 21, I sent a letter to Google underlining our Read more »

FairSearch EU Counsel Thomas Vinje Response to European Commission Statement On Google’s Four Potential Illegal Abuses of Dominance

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Today’s statement by European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia, identifying four concerns where Google business practices may be considered as abuses of dominance in violation of competition and consumer protection laws, is a welcome development. We are pleased that Commissioner Almunia’s investigation has validated the concern that FairSearch members and many other businesses and consumer advocates have raised about Google’s practices Read more »