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Club Med: Inge Graef and Francisco Costa Cabral

10:45-11:45 ,M 1003

Commission Decisions in the Google Android and Google Shopping competition cases

In 2017 and 2018, the European Commission imposed two record fines on Google.

In the 2017 Google Shopping decision, Google was found to have abused its dominant position in the internet search market by giving prominent placement to its own comparison shopping services in its search results, whilst demoting rival services. The Commission concluded that Google's practices stifled competition on the merits in the comparison shopping market, depriving European consumers of genuine choice and innovation.

In the 2018 Google Android decision, the European Commission held Google liable for imposing illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators as a strategy to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Three abuses were identified: (1) pre-installation of the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome) as a condition for licensing Google's app store (the Play Store); (2) making payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices; and (3) preventing manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called "Android forks").

In the talk, we will offer a critical review of the theories of harm and legal reasoning set out by the Commission in the two decisions.

When: 23 January 2019 10:45

End date: 23 January 2019 11:45

Where: Montesquieu building