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US regulators plan to sue Google for abusing ‘dominance in search, ad business’

Last Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 20:07

Sydney: US federal regulators are reportedly planning to sue Google over allegations that the firm abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices.

Bloomberg, The New York Times, and other media reports said that staff members at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.

A majority of the five FTC commissioners would have to approve a suit before legal action could proceed, the Herald Sun reports.

The FTC probe was triggered by complaints that Google Inc has been highlighting its peripheral services in its influential search results and relegating offerings from its rivals to the back pages.

According to the report, the FTC also has been looking into whether Google has rigged its results in a way that has prodded websites to pay more to promote their services through Google's advertising network.

Meanwhile, Google, in a statement, said that the firm ‘is happy to answer any questions that regulators have about their business.’


First Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 20:07
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