The EU Commission carries out a market test of commitments in its investigation of the online search service provider (Google)

The Google Commitments – Testing Substantive Theories Through Remedy Discussion* Over the last two months, the Commission has been market testing commitments that Google has offered to resolve the Commission’s pending investigation [1]. Many have made thoughtful comments [2]. But there has also been criticism from the corner of some of Google’s competitors. I represent Google in the Commission’s proceedings and offer here some personal thoughts from a practitioner’s perspective. The debate over Google’s remedies provides important insights for antitrust analysis. This debate is not only relevant for remedy design, but also exposes weaknesses in the complainants’ underlying substantive theories. Remedy design is not an after-thought at the end of a process that is abstracted from substance.

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  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)

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Thomas Graf, The EU Commission carries out a market test of commitments in its investigation of the online search service provider (Google), 25 April 2013, e-Competitions April 2013, Art. N° 54833

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