Anticompetitive Posts

FairSearch: “It would be better to do nothing than to accept Google’s proposals” to the European Commission

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, counsel to FairSearch Europe on Google’s proposal to settle the European Commission’s investigation into concerns the Commission has expressed that Google may be in violation of EU competition laws. Statement by Thomas Vinje, Counsel and Spokesman for FairSearch Europe, 25 June 2013 Google has made its proposals Read more »

No Reason for FTC to Rush Decision Before Google Proposal to EC

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

As the FTC returns to business in the New Year, it’s important to remember that reports indicate that the European Commission is expecting a detailed, formal offer from Google this month to resolve its investigation of Google’s anti-competitive search practices. The FTC has every reason to consider Google’s proposal to the EC before deciding how Read more »

FairSearch Statement on EC Google Investigation

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Questions about Google’s search bias and other anti-competitive practices will not end if the FTC fails to take legally binding action to protect consumers and innovators in the U.S., where the market conditions and law are different than the EU. In Europe, Google dominates more than 93 percent of the search market, and Vice President Read more »

Fair Search Results Key To Restoring Competition Online

Monday, November 12th, 2012

With the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission nearing the end of investigations into Google’s anti-competitive practices, it is important to emphasize that requiring the fair and unbiased display of search results on Google is a key desired outcome. The FTC and EC are investigating the lawfulness of many of Google’s practices, including unfair treatment Read more »

FairSearch EU Counsel Thomas Vinje’s Statement on Google’s Proposal to the European Commission

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

It has been reported that Google has submitted a proposal to the European Commission in response to Vice President Joaquín Almunia’s offer to have the company propose remedies to the four potential violations of EU antitrust and consumer protection laws that Almunia identified after an almost two-year investigation of Google’s business practices. The following is Read more »

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: “We Disagree That We Are In Violation”

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Since the European Commission identified “four concerns where Google business practices may be considered as abuses of dominance,” Google has apparently been suffering from amnesia. Meanwhile, while speaking at a conference in London, Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt continued to deny communications with the Commission and the Commissioner Joaquín Almunia. When asked about the problem, Schmidt Read more »

What to Know About the European Commission Investigation

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

For the last 18 months, the European Commission has been investigating serious and credible formal complaints that Google is abusing its dominant position in online search and search advertising in violation of EU competition and consumer protection laws. The European Commission launched its formal antitrust investigation in November 2010 and reports indicate 16 or more Read more »

Experts Around the World React to European Commission’s Announcement

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The European Commission’s announcement yesterday laying out the initial conclusions from its 18 month investigation into Google’s anticompetitive practices sparked reactions from experts and officials around the world. The Wall Street Journal consulted Becket McGrath, a partner at law firm Edwards Wildman who worked at the UK’s Office of Fair Trading on cases in the Read more »

Top Global Outlets Weigh in on Almunia’s Announcement; Google Dismisses Concerns

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, announced today that his committee has concluded the initial investigation into Google’s anticompetitive practices. Google has a matter of weeks to respond with workable remedies that address the Commission’s concerns and preserve competition. In a speech in Brussels today, Almunia outlined the four Read more »

Google Is Not Above the Law

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The latest legal theory Google appears to be advancing in defense of serious questions about its anticompetitive business practices is simply that the company is above the law. At least, that appears to be the aim of Google’s recent effort to sponsor (i.e. pay for) a campaign of misdirection to change the subject away from Read more »