Google and the (Ever-Stretching) Boundaries of Article 102
(2015) 6 Journal of European Competition Law & Practice 301-313
17 Pages Posted: 10 May 2017
Date Written: April 9, 2015
The Google search investigations in the USA and the EU have attracted much attention. Findings adverse to Google on dominance and abuse may stretch the boundaries of Article 102 TFUE beyond its already wide scope. If this is to be done, it matters greatly that the process is as transparent and rigorous as possible so as not to undermine the legitimacy of EU competition law enforcement. The author discusses the alleged vertical search and content scraping abuses as well as the alleged abuses on the advertising side of the market examining under what circumstances the conducts under review could constitute an abuse of a dominant position.
Keywords: EU competition law, dominant position, abuse, multi-sided markets, Google search investigation
JEL Classification: K21, L41
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