After a five year long investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports that the European Union’s chief antitrust regulator will be moving forward with a case against the search engine conglomerate, for reported violations of European law. The official announcement is expected tomorrow, when EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager meets with European commissioners.
The complaints come from several European shopping websites who said that Google manipulated search results to promote their own brands and products, at the expense of the websites in question. Google has attempted to settle the case many times in the last five years, but the discussions never reached a settlement phase. If Google is found guilty of the alleged charges, the search giant’s fine for the infractions could reach a staggering $6 billion dollars.
Source: Wall Street Journal