Google Responds to European Commission Antitrust Charges

By Kelley Chittenden

Google recently responded to the European Commission’s formal antitrust charges with a 150-page rejection defending its comparison-shopping service. The European antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, filed charges last April accusing Google of systematically favoring its own search results. Google General Counsel Kent Walker summarized the company’s defense in an August 27th blog post, arguing the regulators “are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics.” The European Commission will now review Google’s response before making a final decision, which could be a fine of up to ten percent of Google’s annual revenue. In the meantime, Avisa Partners and Hausfeld & Co LLP are lining up clients through the Google Redress & Integrity Platform (GRIP) to pursue further cases in the event Google loses the case.