We’ve been trying to do a good job of keeping you abreast of the ongoing drama between Google and the European Union in our previous four stories. With posts on November 28th, 2014 – March 22nd – April 6th and May 2nd, showing that the EU isn’t about to stop any time soon. That story actually heated up a bit yesterday, as Hausfeld, an international law firm connected to companies affected by Google’s activities in Europe, and Avisa, a European public affairs company representing complainants in the antitrust case, announced a joint online platform with the express purpose of helping companies sue Google in European courts.
Now, investigators in India have submitted their findings to the Competition Commission of India, after a three year investigation into Google’s practices in that country. The Competition Commission responded by filing an official report accusing Google of rigging its search results. The inquiry is based upon complaints filed by several websites alleging that Google has been highlighting its own services in search results to the detriment of competitors. This, of course, is much the same type of accusation that brought about the European Union investigations. Google has until September 10th to respond to the preliminary findings in India.
This is the first time globally that the Mountain View giant has had to face a formal charge from an official antitrust body. Up until now, no FORMAL charges have been forthcoming from the EU and US regulators ended their probe in 2013 without calling for any changes in how Google ranks websites. Though it is said that European charges are closer and closer to coming to fruition.
Can Google keep on dodging the antitrust bullet? Your guess is as good as mine. Stay tuned.
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