Europe Offers to let Google Settle Potential Antitrust Charge

May 21, 2012

21 May 2012. The European Commission warned Google on Monday that it must move quickly to change four business practices or face formal charges for violating European antitrust law.

The ultimatum was made in a surprise news conference by Joaquín Almunia, Europe’s antitrust chief.

The commission, after a two-year inquiry, found that Google might have abused its dominance in Internet search and advertising, giving its own products an advantage over those of others while maintaining that it offers a neutral, best-for-the-customer result. Mr. Almunia said Google would need to propose a plan for changing those practices within weeks.

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