Are the EU antitrust cases against Google really just Russian roulette?

01 November 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

The New York Times reported that the EU antitrust cases against Google are very broad and “relate to Android, Google’s mobile operating system, some of its dominant online search services and some of its advertising products.” The October 30, 2016 story entitled “The Stakes Are Rising in Google’s Antitrust Fight with Europe” includes this observation by Competition Law Professor Christian Bergqvist (at the University of Copenhagen) about his claim that the EU case is “Russian roulette”:

If they lose or merely settle the case, they will look weak. They have to be seen as doing something to stop Google.

In response Google main argument is:

…that its business practices do not fall afoul of the region’s tough antitrust rules and that competitors can freely offer their own rival digital services to Europe’s more than 500 million consumers.

This continues to be an important case to follow given Google’s market power!

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