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ACCC targets Google in US

Google was misleading customers because it claimed to rank search...

4:22 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The competition regulator has dropped its misleading conduct case against Google's Australian and Irish subsidiaries.

In Federal Court this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would now only target Google's US parent company and Trading Post.

The judge hearing the case, James Allsop, instructed the ACCC to file a further statement of claim against those two entities by November 8. The hearing will resume on November 16, but it is unlikely the case will go to trial before next year.

The ACCC launched legal action against Google Australia, US-based Google Inc., Google Ireland and the Sensis subsidiary Trading Post in July, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct over search results.

ACCC spokeswoman Lin Enright denied claims the regulator was confused when it filed its original application, saying the case against the subsidiaries was dropped because Google Inc. had "indicated it was responsible for all representations made on the Google.com.au site''.

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