Investigation Posts

Is Google Stealing from AdSense Publishers?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Is it time for another criminal investigation of Google’s business practices? An individual who says he is a former Google employee has come forward with an allegation that the largest online ad company stole from publishers who are AdSense partners, and may be continuing to do so today. The report alleges a scheme to limit or ban Read more »

FairSearch: FTC Settlement Not the Last Word, Premature

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The following is a statement from FairSearch: The FTC’s decision to close its investigation with only voluntary commitments from Google is disappointing and premature, coming just weeks before the company is expected to make a formal and detailed proposal to resolve the four abuses of dominance identified by the European Commission, first among them biased 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 Supports Rapid, Enforceable Changes to Google’s Anti-Competitive Business Practices

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The following is a statement by the FairSearch coalition responding to reports that the European Commission and Google may begin technical discussions over a potential settlement that could end the Commission’s 18+-month investigation of Google’s business practices for potential violations of EU competition and consumer protection laws. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and six state 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 »

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 »

Google Must Have Amnesia About European Commission Concerns

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

On Monday, it was surprising to read that Google had “just started to look through the [European] Commission’s arguments.” Google has had many discussions with European investigators and more than 18 months to review the Commission’s concerns that its business practices may violate competition. Here is a quick recap of Google’s statements and actions throughout 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 »

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 »