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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Is Taking Away User Traffic Anti-Competitive? Munich Court Stops Cooperation between Google and the German Federal Ministry of Health

Is Taking Away User Traffic Anti-Competitive? Munich Court Stops Cooperation between Google and the German Federal Ministry of Health

 
Google is increasingly attempting to keep as much attention and traffic as possible on its own website rather than just redirecting users to the websites shown in the search results. It is in light of this development that two recent judgements by the district court of Munich I (‘LG München I’) have to be seen. Google and the German Ministry of Health, according to the court, had entered into an agreement that Google would prominently display an info-box with information provided by the ministry’s national health portal (‘gesund.bund.de’) as well as a link to this portal when users search for health-related information (e.g. specific diseases) on Google.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2021/06/is-taking-away-user-traffic-anti-competitive-munich-court-stops-cooperation-between-google-and-the-g.html

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