Google Facing $30 Million LawsuitAdded: Monday, December 12th, 2011
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Google has just opened its new French headquarters, but it seems that they won't be receiving a warm welcome in the nearest future. The reason is that the company has recently landed itself in hot water over the abuse of its dominant position one more time, facing a lawsuit that demands over $30 million for damages to some navigation software firm.
French company named NAVX is currently suing Google in the Paris Commercial Court over what it believes to be wrongdoing about blocking advertisements from the company. NAVX has appealed to the local antitrust authorities over its treatment by the search giant where it was discovered that competition legislation has been violated. The search giant was ordered to reinstate the NAVX’s advertising, as well as clarify the conditions of its Adwords service for further use. NAVX, which offers content for GPS and smartphones, confirmed that Google did agree to do so.
Nevertheless, the French firm acknowledged that it has lost out on a load of money because of Google’s meddling, so it has demanded damages of around $31 million. NAVX Chief Executive Officer Jean Cherbonnier has announced that the dominant position of Google on the advertising market connected with search engines can’t be disputed, particularly after the investigation carried out by the French Antitrust Authority that concluded a year ago that the search giant undoubtedly holds a dominant position.
NAVX is currently asking the Paris Commercial Court to hand down ruling saying that Google abused its dominant position. The company also hopes the court will order Google to pay damages. Meanwhile, such court case couldn’t come at a worse time for the international corporation. Its CEO has just met with European Commission antitrust boss in a kind of last ditch attempt to stop a formal investigation into the company landing the search giant with a statement of objection over its practices.
Truly, it looks like NAVX isn’t the only company out for Google’s blood after the latter allegedly mistreated them. Such firms as Ciao and Foundem are also enraged at Google’s activities and are currently pushing for intervention of European Commission into what they see as bullying and bullish behavior. In other words, it is very unlikely that some other companies making detrimental claims against the search giant while talks are ongoing do Google any favors.
December 12th,2011Posted by:
Monday, December 12th, 2011
|I'll never understand the logic of these kind of complaints..|
NavX's account was suspended for advertising a product prohibited by French law (speed camera detector/locator devices) and the French uphold a complaint against the company abiding by French law.
The argument that the company is only selling the database, and not a hardware product is not relevant. It is illegal to have any device in France with this data active on it.
Selling it would therefore be an accessory to a criminal act, and by european law advertising it also makes the advertiser an accessory.
Just for once I think Google are right..
|31 million ..bahhh!!! chump change to google its like a days worth of income xD|
|GOOGEL TAKE SOME ADVIce, your one of the richest buy your own country...|
|Google technically isn't doing anything illegal with the tactics that they're employing. They're are just expanding as much as possible, just like any rapidly growing company would do! I can understand what happened between Google and NAVX completely and agree that there was a violation, but it wasn't as if they were doing anything CRIMINAL!|
These other companies are just sick and tired of Google's ability to innovate so efficiently and quickly and deploy such groundbreaking technology. It's called jealousy and they just need to deal with it! It's just that simple! I'm finished... for now!
|who wants advertising anyways|
|posted by (2011-12-15 07:57:30)|
|i agree with 1shadowwolf|
|posted by (2011-12-15 07:58:07)|
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