Google facing 400 page preliminary finding from EC in antitrust investigation

News in brief: Commission's Statement of Objections due early next year...

News in brief: Commission's Statement of Objections due early next year...

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in September

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in SeptemberPhoto: Greg Sandoval/CNET News

The European Commission is to issue a lengthy Statement of Objections, the equivalent of a preliminary finding, against Google for abusing its market dominance, according to a newspaper report.

The report in the Financial Times, which cited "sources close to the case", said the statement of objections would run to more than 400 pages in order to cover the complexity of the case as well as "the number of complainants". The commission will issue the Statement of Objections, which is said to lay out details of Google's alleged abuses, early next year.

Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The commission launched its investigation into allegations that Google abused its dominant position in search a year ago. The probe was prompted by complaints from several rivals including Foundem, eJustice and Microsoft-owned Ciao, which claimed that Google had unfairly manipulated search results by lowering the rankings of competing services and elevating its own offerings in unpaid results.

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