Thursday, February 24, 2011
On Tuesday of this week, 1plusV, a company that develops search engines in French, filed a complaint against the U.S.-based Internet search company Google with the European Commission alleging that Google is abusing its dominant market position in violation of European competition (antitrust) law by favoring its own websites over those of competitors. This is the second complaint filed against Google by a company affiliated with 1plusV in the past year. Google has over 80% of the European search market and, therefore, occupies a dominant market position. Under EU competition law, Google must not abuse its market position by treating competitors unfairly. If Google is found to have violated EU competition law, it may face multimillion dollar fines.