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"Imposing a fine in the present case would be inappropriate. The novelty of the statement of objections' theory, the selection of the case for commitment negotiation and Google's good faith participating in these negotiations militate against the imposition of a fine," the document said.
Google said it should not be charged with abusing its dominance in Europe as it provided a free search service.
"The statement of objections fails to take proper account of the fact that search is provided for free. A finding of abuse of dominance requires a 'trading relationship' as confirmed by consistent case law. No trading relationship exists between Google and its users." Google: EU Antitrust Fine is "Inappropriate" [uk.reuters.com]
as it provided a free search service
I wonder how long it will take for the EU to actually make a decision
[edited by: samwest at 9:09 pm (utc) on Nov 4, 2015]
I don't recall any user-oriented objections.
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Google is well known in Europe for tax avoidance, e.g. using Bermuda as a tax haven to deprive EU governments of £billions of tax. It's all allegedly legal, but whereas the US may not want to upset such a big tax payer, the EU will be far more inclined to pursue them.This is one of the major political aspects of the case and it is one of which that some commentators in the US are completely unaware. The EUC has been looking at the activities of other large multinationals too and the tax avoidance issue is a problem especially when the rate of corporation tax varies from country to country within the EU.
The only problem standing in the way of a legitimate argument are the courts. Pushing for a settlement when the opposition doesn't want to settle "SUCKS!"I'm sure that the learned counsel for Google and the EUC will be labouring long into the night to figure out that one. :) This an EU action against Google. It is not L.A Law or Boston Legal where cases are investigated, initiated and resolved in the space of sixty minutes. These cases can, and do, take years to resolve. As has been pointed out, the arguments are not simply about web development. Once the political, taxation and anti-trust elements started to influence the case, the opinions of various SEOs and webdevs unaware of the legislative and political aspects of this case became even more irrelevant. In many investigations, it isn't what one knows that matters but rather what one can prove. The EU is a separate jurisdiction to the US and has its own legislative framework. This means that US law may not apply in the way that EU law applies to EU cases.