By Thomas Lenard
Published in The Hill on April 22, 2015
Europe’s new top antitrust official, Margrethe Vestager, last week moved forward with a major antitrust suit against Google. At issue is the same “search bias” question that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated for two years. The FTC, however, closed its investigation due to lack of evidence of an antitrust violation and any feasible remedy likely to benefit consumers. The European Commission disagrees and is accusing Google of abusing its dominant position in search by favoring its own products, particularly its online shopping service.
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