Germany's Google Controls Illustrate Global Antitrust Trend

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By Andrea Pomana (January 21, 2022, 4:46 PM EST) — The German Federal Cartel Office, or FCO, recently issued a ground-breaking decision in the digital sector, finding on Jan. 5 that Alphabet Inc., including its Google subsidiary, is of “paramount significance for competition across markets”[1] in Germany.

The FCO’s decision is the first of its kind under the new Section 19a of the German Competition Act. Google decided not to appeal; the decision is therefore final.

The FCO can now proceed to prohibit certain anti-competitive behavior by way of separate order. This action may have large implications on Google’s business practices in Germany, and already has shown first effects.  …

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