Google Facing $5B Fine in India

Search giant Google has just resolved a major antitrust case in the European Union but its legal troubles are far from over as India looks to fine the company $5 billion. Much like the EU case, and others that have popped up around the world, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) says that it is investigating the tech company for violating certain antitrust laws that are meant to protect competition.

For two years CCI has looked into claims from GoogleEUs competitors and other Internet businesses suggesting that the the company is abusing its position within the country. If CCI finds Google guilty of violating certain national laws, it would face a fine equivalent to 10 percent of its annual revenue for three years, which comes to nearly $5 billion.

Finding Evidence

The case against Google is currently building within IndiaEUs legal system. CCI has just announced that it is in possession of potentially incriminating evidence and will now turn the case over to the Director General, the watchdog's investigations arm, to carry out a more in-depth analysis of the situation.

Since the initial complaints against Google came from third-party sources and not from the Indian government, the Director General is considering comments from GoogleEUs competitors while evaluating the search engineEUs business practices. Once a full report has been created by the Director General, it will be turned back over to CCI, which will provide a final verdict.

No Settlement Process

Antitrust lawsuits against Google are not uncommon and many of them have been based around the companyEUs control of the search engine market. The main difference between the high-profile cases that have surfaced in the past and the one in India is that Google will not be able to fight back this time. While the billion-dollar antitrust case in the EU dealt with nearly identical claims,...

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