The EU Commission imposes a fine of 1.49 Billions euros on a search engine company for abusing its dominant position by imposing restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites (Google Adsense)

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising* The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Today the Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts. Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party

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European Commission, The EU Commission imposes a fine of 1.49 Billions euros on a search engine company for abusing its dominant position by imposing restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites (Google Adsense), 20 March 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2019, Art. N° 89800

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