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India Launches Antitrust Probe Against Google

by Todd Haselton | August 13, 2012August 13, 2012 10:00 pm PST


Google is no stranger to antitrust lawsuits. In fact, it has already been under investigation in the United States and in the European Union for several matters, but was most recently cleared by both concerning its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. On Monday, the Competition Commission in India said that it has also launched a probe against Google. It is on par with other lawsuits that allege Google promotes its own services and ads above competing services.

The Indian government agency said the probe was launched “following a complaint by consumer advocacy group Consumer United and Trust (CUTS) International.” The watchdog group said last August that it is concerned that Google is partaking in anti-competitive practices. “The basic concern of CUTS is that Google does not use its dominance in the search engine/online advertising markets to affect the growth of Indian search and advertising markets as well as related fast growing e-commerce markets like online shopping and online travel sites,” the group explained in its original complaint. “In addition that Google does not undertake anticompetitive mergers which harm the growth of Indian e-commerce or online advertising.”

A Google spokesperson told Reuters that it is cooperating with the Competition Commission in India and that it’s confident its products are in-line with India’s competition laws. However, the company could face fines from the commission if the group does indeed find Google is in violation of those laws, ZDNET said.

[via Reuters, TechCrunch, ZDNET]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...