Expedia adds to Google's EU antitrust woes

Expedia adds to Google's EU antitrust woes

Summary: Online travel specialist Expedia has submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission in the ongoing antitrust investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the search market."Expedia filed a complaint with the European Commission that details specific business and search practices by Google that constitute a violation of European Union competition and consumer protection laws.

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Online travel specialist Expedia has submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission in the ongoing antitrust investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the search market.

"Expedia filed a complaint with the European Commission that details specific business and search practices by Google that constitute a violation of European Union competition and consumer protection laws. The complaint offers evidence of how Google's conduct harms not only competition, but consumers," Brent Thompson, vice president of government affairs for Expedia, said in a statement on Monday.

The EC's Competition Commission confirmed to ZDNet UK on Monday that it had received the complaint.

Thompson added that Expedia "believes that strong action is needed by the European Commission to restore a fair and competitive marketplace in online search" that reflects consumers' rights.

The complaint joins more than ten others from companies such as Microsoft, Foundem, and Microsoft-owned Ciao.

A decision following the investigation is expected sometime soon after 10 April, when the EC resumes work after its Easter break.

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