Topic: Digital markets

Google says EU failed to show treatment of rivals was abusive

The “whole point” of competition is for companies to differentiate themselves from rivals so a finding that treating competitors differently is in itself abusive could undermine competition and innovation, Google has argued.

19 September 2023

Google reticent on market definition in Epic Games and class action lawsuits

Google has told an Australian court that defining a relevant market in defence of two lawsuits alleging it illegally monopolises application distribution and in-app payment systems is “a little difficult to do”.

19 September 2023

Google never pressured to “clean up” search ads, exec says

The Department of Justice has honed in on emails from a Google executive claiming not to feel competitive pressure to improve the company’s search advertising products.

19 September 2023

DOJ grills Google exec on deleted chat messages

A Google executive has testified that he used chat messages that were automatically deleted despite being told to preserve any communications related to the Department of Justice’s online search monopoly lawsuit against his employer.

18 September 2023

Judge queries what consumers lose when Google is default search option

The judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s Google trial appeared to zero in on the agency’s hired behavioural economist on Thursday, questioning how the tech company’s position as a default search engine harms consumers.

15 September 2023

Google exec said default status necessary in negotiations with cell carriers

Google saw no value in partnerships with cell phone carriers that did not make Google the default search engine on their devices, a former executive has said.

14 September 2023

EU seeks views on impact of Microsoft/Activision UK deal proposal

Microsoft and Activision’s reworked UK deal is being assessed by the European Commission, which is seeking input on whether the proposals could impact commitments it previously accepted.

13 September 2023

DOJ: Google viewed default search engine status as “strategic weapon”

Google’s chief economist promoted making search the default option on web browsers as an “Achilles’ heel” for rivals like Yahoo and MSN, according to documents produced by the Department of Justice during the opening day of its long-awaited monopoly maintenance trial.

13 September 2023

Apple claims “pure assertion” by claimant underlies UK class action methodology

Apple has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to strike out consumer rights advocate Justin Gutmann’s proposed class action due to a “fatal mismatch” between his abuse claim and methodology for calculating loss.

12 September 2023

DOJ seeks extension following Google’s discovery errors in ad tech case

The Department of Justice and a coalition of state attorneys general say Google’s failure to produce at least one million documents as part of discovery will hamper their prosecution of the company’s digital advertising conduct.

12 September 2023

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