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EU's proposed Google antitrust settlement angers search rivals

Jennifer Baker | April 16, 2013
Proposed remedies play into Google's hands, says complainant

In January, ICOMP filed a new complaint alleging that Google had attained its dominance by unlawful means in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), "by illegally blocking rival search engines' access to customers and consumers and forcing its advertising and publishing partners to work with it exclusively."

The previous complaints had alleged breaches of Article 102 of the treaty and so, the organization said, "Unless the Commission addresses the underlying Article 101 problem, any remedies agreed for Article 102 will be ineffective at restoring competition. They would only treat the symptoms, not cure the underlying disease."

 

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