The Spanish Competition Authority puts an end to the infringement proceedings brought against a Big Tech company for alleged dominance conduct related to a search engine and an online restaurant reservation system prohibited by national antitrust law (Google / El Tenedor)

The Spanish Competition authority (“CNMC”) has agreed to put an end to the infringement proceedings brought against Google and El Tenedor in November 2018 for an alleged conduct related to Google’s search engine and Google Maps’ online restaurant reservation system prohibited by Articles 1 and 2 of the Spanish Competition Act. The CNMC has refused to impose fines on these two companies since no anticompetitive behaviour has been proven to be committed. 1. Background of the conflict When a user wants to make a reservation in a specific restaurant, Google offers the “Reserve with Google” functionality, which allows consumers to make such reservations directly from the

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Candela Sotés Macaya, The Spanish Competition Authority puts an end to the infringement proceedings brought against a Big Tech company for alleged dominance conduct related to a search engine and an online restaurant reservation system prohibited by national antitrust law (Google / El Tenedor), 12 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 99791

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