CASE COMMENTS: UNILATERAL PRACTICES – FRANCE – EXPLOITATIVE ABUSE – ONLINE ADVERTISING – CALCULATION OF THE FINE

Fines: The French Competition Authority imposes a EUR 150 Million fine to an undertaking for an abuse of dominant position on the online search advertising market (Google)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 19 December 2019, the Competition Authority imposed a fine of €150 million on Google for abusing its dominant position in the market for search-related online advertising. This decision is part of a general climate of mistrust towards the digital giant. In addition to the sanctions imposed by the European Commission, Google had already been the subject of particular attention from the Competition Authority, both in its opinion on online advertising and in two requests for interim measures (measures refused in our case in a decision of 9 September 2015 and ordered in a closely related case, in Decision No. 19-MC-19 of 31 January 2019). The

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Marie Cartapanis, Fines: The French Competition Authority imposes a EUR 150 Million fine to an undertaking for an abuse of dominant position on the online search advertising market (Google), 19 December 2019, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 94703, pp. 87-89

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