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Blog Post
11/12/2012
By John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has given Google what Bloomberg News Service describes as an ultimatum to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a lawsuit. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reporter Sara Forden on Monday wrote: "Google has been in discussions with the agency for about...
Blog Post
11/4/2012
By John M. Simpson
A weekend New York Times article puts a clear focus on the issues that are drawing antitrust regulators to focus on the Internet giant's anticompetitive practices. Written by Steve Lohr and Clair Cain Miller the article, Google Casts a Big Shadow on Smaller Web Sites, explains what's going on: Regulators in the United States and Europe are...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
By John M. Simpson
Signs that Google will soon face strong antitrust action on both sides of the Atlantic are increasing with a report Thursday from Bloomberg News Service that the the Federal Trade Commission staff has recommended that the Internet giant be sued for unfairly blocking competitors' access to smartphone-technology patents. Bloomberg's Sara...
Blog Post
9/9/2012
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has long been critical of the way Google has had easy access to the corridors of power in the Obama Administration.  Now there is a clear sign that the Internet giant has lost its luster with the President. Perhaps Google's repeated privacy missteps and antitrust concerns have prompted the President to distance himself....
Blog Post
7/25/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google -- facing the possibility of a penalty of around $4 billion -- is trying to cut a deal with European antitrust regulators that would settle the regulators' objections without having to pay a fine. It's not certain that an agreement can be reached, but if one is, it will have a direct impact on the United States.  Joaquin...
News Release
5/21/2012
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Commission’s finding that Google’s business practices may violate antitrust law, but predicted that the Internet giant will not offer meaningful remedies voluntarily.  The nonpartisan, nonpartisan group said antitrust officials on both sides of the Atlantic...
Blog Post
2/14/2012
By John M. Simpson
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant's behavior after the deal goes through. What concerns both the European Commission and the U.S. Justice Department is how Google will use Motorola's powerful mobile...
Blog Post
1/23/2012
By Jamie Court
It’s  been a big day for those of us who have been making the case that Google steers users not to the most relevant products and services, but to its own services.  This morning in Brussels, Consumer Watchdog called upon European privacy officials to investigate such antitrust issues, including how  “the recent...
News Release
1/23/2012
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BRUSSELS – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based consumer advocacy group, today called for the EU’s antitrust regulators to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and ultimately issue a formal antitrust complaint against the Internet giant’s ongoing business practices.  “The Commission’s role in...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google's latest change to its search engine, dubbed "Search plus Your World" apparently has drawn the scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission because of antitrust concerns, according to Bloomberg News. I'd say the agency, already investigating the Internet giant's business practices, was correct to add Google's...