Google must fear further antitrust proceedings

The Internet group Google is apparently facing another antitrust case in the United States. The US Department of Justice had already filed an initial competition lawsuit in October.The US Department of Justice is accelerating its investigation into the digital advertising business and could file a new lawsuit against Google later this year. This is reported by the Bloomberg news agency, citing insiders. But no decision has yet been made.Google, but also the other technology groups such as Amazon or Facebook, are repeatedly confronted with accusations of exploiting a dominant position in the market. The Internet group always emphasizes that in view of the prevailing competition it does not have a dominant market position.

Federal states are also suing

Google has been confronted with antitrust allegations for a long time. The US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit back in October 2020 alleging that Google was illegally protecting its dominant position in Internet search and related advertising.And federal states have recently taken action against the search engine operator. In 2020, numerous US states filed lawsuits alleging the company’s illegal monopoly positions in the search engine and online advertising business. Another lawsuit filed by several dozen states in July 2021 targets the app store system on one of the major smartphone platforms.

Resistance to punishment in France

In Europe, the group is also facing headwinds. In July, the French antitrust authorities imposed a 500 million euro fine on Google in connection with a dispute over the use of news from local providers. According to the French competition watchdog, the search engine operator violated preliminary injunctions.The agency also gave Google two months in mid-July to present concepts for how the group intends to remunerate news agencies and other providers from whom Google uses news. Otherwise, Google threatens an additional fine of 900,000 euros per day.

Google is now appealing: The punishment is unreasonable and ignores the company’s efforts to reach an agreement, said the vice president of Google-France, Sebastien Missoffe.France was the first of the 27 countries in the European Union to adopt the 2019 Copyright Directive, which allows publishers to enter into licensing agreements with online platforms.



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