The Paris Commercial Court imposes a €1,2 million fine on a Big Tech company for abuse of dominant position (Google / Oxone)

In the context of a stand-alone action – which falls under the new provisions resulting from the transposition of the Damages Directive – the Paris Commercial Court ruling at first instance orders Google to pay EUR 1,2 million in damages to Oxone, a telephone directory services company. Oxone alleged that its Google Ads account was illegally suspended on multiple occasions, before Google applied a new rule limiting Google Ads services to all telephone directory services companies. Google argued that it took action following widespread consumer complaints about telephone directory services companies and frequent fraudulent activity. Google ceased to offer Google Ads for

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Michaël Cousin, The Paris Commercial Court imposes a €1,2 million fine on a Big Tech company for abuse of dominant position (Google / Oxone), 10 February 2021, e-Competitions Telecom & Dominance, Art. N° 99689

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