The Competition Commission of India fines a company for search bias and exclusive agreements (Google)

On 8th February 2018, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a fine of INR 135.86 Crores (approximately $ 1.36 Billion) on Google, for abusing its dominant position striking the mandate of Section 4 of the (Indian) Competition Act, 2002 (‘Act’). [1] The comment herein highlights the analysis of the Commission in finding the Google’s conduct abusive. The information was filed under Section 19(1)(a) of the Act by Matrimony.com Limited and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) alleging that Google runs its core business of search and advertising in a discriminatory manner, creating an uneven playing field by favouring its own services and partners, thereby causing harm to the advertisers and indirectly to the consumers. Firstly, the Commission determined the relevant market

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  • Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar)
  • Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar)

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Mohit Agarwal, Adrika Bisen, The Competition Commission of India fines a company for search bias and exclusive agreements (Google), 8 February 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2018, Art. N° 91520

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