After Years Of Anti-Competitive Complaints Foundem Sues Google In UK Court

Bloomberg reports Google is yet again being sued, this time by UK’s shopping search engine, for alleged anti-competitive practices.

This comes a week after the FTC ruled that there is not enough evidence to prove search bias by Google in their search results.

Foundem is seeking damages for revenue lost as a result of Google’s “anti- competitive conduct,” lawyers for Foundem said. “Since a lack of original content is an inherent characteristic of all search services, including Google’s own, that reason cannot justify” Google’s actions, Foundem said in the U.K. lawsuit.

The case is Infederation v. Google, High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, No. HC12A02489. The court documents were filed in October but only released this week.

Foundem has continually made legal efforts against Google. We’ve documented them in these stories:

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google: Antitrust | Google: Business Issues | Google: Legal | Google: Outside US

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  • http://twitter.com/brianmark Brian Mark

    These companies just need to create a compelling reason for people to user their websites instead of focusing on the fact that they suck at SEO and can’t get traffic via organic rankings. Make the service valuable and people will choose to use the site.

  • Paul Ryan

    Another stupid court case in the tech sector. There’s too much of this “I can’t compete, so I’ll sue!” attitude and this is what regulators should be investigating.

  • victortuszing

    They cannot get traffic via organic rankings exactly because Google blocks competitor websites to maintain its dominance – this is the point! How can people choose to use a site if it doesn’t appear in SERP’s?

  • Alan

    People like Brian make these off hand comments only because Google is not competing in their space. When Google decides to compete in your space you will quickly change your tune.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vikash.kumar.munda Vikash Kumar Munda

    i am with you alan only one who gets the beating can understand the pain…

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