A French competitor of Google's is suing the search giant for damages resulting from alleged anticompetitive behavior in the country, according to The Wall Street Journal. 1plusV claims it is entitled to $421.4 million in damages because Google "plays favorites" by pushing results from its competitors farther down on the page. The company also argues "Google only allows advertising links through its own technology."
It's just another slap in the face to the leading search engine. Google has recently confirmed U.S. regulators are taking a close look at its business practices. And though Google won't say so, many presume the probe is designed to confirm or rule out antitrust concerns. The company also faces an antitrust investigation by the European Commission. That probe stems from a complaint filed by Microsoft. More than one U.S. state has also launched its own look at how Google controls the search space.
The latest suit, filed in a Paris court on Tuesday, is expected to take 16 to 24 months to resolve, the story says. For its part, Google says only:
We have only just received the complaint so we can't comment in detail yet. We always try to do what's best for our users. It's the key principle that drives our company and we look forward to explaining this.