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The Paris Commercial Court rules that a Big tech company is to pay €1.27M in antitrust damages for abuse of its dominant position in the online search advertising market (Google / Oxone)

Following a stand-alone claim filed by a directory enquiry services provider, the Paris Commercial Court ruled, on 10 February 2021, that Google holds a dominant position in the online search advertising market through Google Ads and abuses that position by setting up rules which are “neither objective nor transparent, and discriminatory”. Google has these rules in place despite several earlier recommendations and sanctions from the Autorité de la concurrence. By awarding the claimant almost € 1.27 million in damages six months after the claim was filed and ordering Google to stop its unlawful conduct, this decision proves that the French civil courts are, alongside public enforcement by the Autorité de la concurrence, an effective way to tackle anticompetitive practices and seek timely

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Antoine Riquier, The Paris Commercial Court rules that a Big tech company is to pay €1.27M in antitrust damages for abuse of its dominant position in the online search advertising market (Google / Oxone), 10 February 2021, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 100966

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