FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German price-comparison platform says it has filed a suit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google search business on allegations it has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service in search results.
Berlin-based Idealo GmbH said Friday it had submitted the complaint to the state court in Berlin. Idealo said its suit is based on a 2017 decision by the European Commission to fine Google 2.42 billion euros ($2.74 billion) for giving unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service in violation of EU competition rules.
Google representatives said they hadn’t received the suit and could not comment.
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Margrethe Vestager, the European commission for competition, said March 20 that changes Google had made regarding comparison shopping were “positive developments” but that the commission would “keep monitoring the market.”
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