ICOMP Statement: Confirmation of an SO Against Google

“Commissioner Vestager’s bold decision to send a Statement of Objections (SO) to Google and open a separate investigation into Google’s Android platform are significant developments in the long running formal investigations into the company. It will be greeted by relief among complainants, harmed businesses and consumers across Europe.”  “An SO cannot be dismissed as a … read more

ICOMP Statement in response to leaked reports of Statement of Objections

If the FT report that Google is to be served with a Statement of Objections by the European Commission: “Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance”, is accurate, then this is a very significant development. A Statement of Objections represents a formal finding by the Commission that Google is dominant and that its … read more

What a Statement of Objections would mean for Google

Over the past few days, the world’s media have reported on various rumours from Brussels’ that the European Commission (EC) will decide ‘very soon’ on its next steps in the antitrust case against Google. Significant and in-depth articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, on Charles Arthur’s widely respected blog The OverSpill … read more

Google Investigation Moves Ahead in India

India press outlets are reporting that the investigation arm of the India Competition Commission (CCI) has submitted its final report on allegations that Google has abused its dominant position in the search engine space. ICOMP has not seen the report from the Director General charged with investigating the case.  However, we have followed the case … read more

FTC Revelations about the Google Case

Most observers have long found the outcome of the FTC’s investigation into the Google case perplexing and disappointing, particularly given early signs that it was being pursued vigorously. Recent revelations shed more light on how and why the FTC got it so wrong. In early 2013, despite a clear recommendation to the contrary by FTC Staff, the … read more

Google Summoned to Brussels

Following a series of meetings with complainants and other third parties since the turn of the year, it is now being reported that Eric Schmidt will visit Commissioner Vestager, having been summoned to Brussels to discuss the Commission’s on-going antitrust investigation into Google. The investigation has already lasted over five years, and it is almost … read more

Je Suis Charlie

The horrific chain of events in Paris last week in which members of the editorial team of French weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, police officers and innocent bystanders were assassinated in cold blood shocked millions around the world as France suffered one of its darkest days in modern history. ICOMP would like to extend its … read more

ICOMP Statement on European Parliament’s Resolution

“Given Google’s dominance in search and search advertising, and its persistent discrimination against rivals in downstream markets (such as video, maps, comparison shopping, travel, local etc), it is unsurprising that critics are concerned by what economists describe as ‘vertical leveraging’.  Structural solutions are commonly considered in such cases and have been successfully imposed in a variety of … read more

Structural Remedies in the Google Case?

Where there is both an opportunity and incentive to abuse a dominant position, there are two options for competition authorities. First, they can take effective action to place limits on future behaviour (ie prohibition) coupled with deterrent measures (ie fines).  This mainly addresses ‘opportunity’, though if the fines are sufficiently greater than the potential profit, … read more