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Google may settle with the European Commission in the market monopoly case

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Google may settle with the European Commission in the market monopoly case
This month, there was information about the possibility of a potential lawsuit against Google – representatives of the European Commission accused the company of unfair competition in the market of search engines. The main claims were about the ranking of stores and services in search – Google traditionally gives preference to its own services, which can violate antitrust conditions.
But contrary to predictions of a potential lawsuit, the company may go along with the European Commission’s representatives and make changes to its search service. According to Reuters sources, after three unsuccessful attempts to win similar lawsuits since 2010, Google has practically stopped trying to drag out the lawsuits.
Google is now more interested in settling disputes peacefully, but Danish commissioner Margaret Vestager showed no inclination to settle the lawsuit.
For Google, this case is important because if the European Commission wins, the company could lose a potential portion of its revenue, as well as set a precedent for further lawsuits.

"When viewed from a profit perspective, it would be more profitable for Google to delay the case as long as possible and then pay a fine, which would still be significantly less in comparison to the potential profits, " reports Reuters.

But after a deal with one of its main competitors, Microsoft, Google may also agree to a deal with the European Commission. In the long run, such a decision will allow Google to reduce the likelihood of a new case with representatives of other EU agencies, as well as avoid the fine that Microsoft once faced in a similar case. Then the company was forced to pay a $2.5 billion fine.

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