More adventures for Google’s lawyers
Google Inc. said European antitrust authorities have opened a preliminary inquiry into complaints about its tactics made by three European Internet companies.
The inquiry, disclosed late Tuesday, appears to focus largely on complaints that Google unfairly ranks the sites of Internet competitors, in effect lowering their rank in search listings on Google sites.
Google denied violating European law or taking any action to stifle competition.
The European Commission inquiry is at an early, fact-finding stage and may not result in any action. But it appeared to be the first time that European antitrust authorities have examined Google's conduct outside of a merger review.