updated 01:00 pm EDT, Tue August 2, 2011
Google has nine antitrust complaints: sources
Google is facing nine antitrust complaints in Europe, two sources who wish to remain unnamed told Reuters. The complaints began in February of last year and came from three companies. To date, the European Commission has only confirmed four cases against Google.
"The Commission has nine formal complaints now. The new complaints come from small companies," said one of the sources. Another source said three of the complaints came from national regulators, while two others were new ones.
The EU regulator officially opened the case against Google in November last year for allegedly demoting the web search results from three small companies because they were rivals. Microsoft also complained to the European Commission against Google, claiming it systematically blocks Internet search competition. At least one of the complainants is a unit of Microsoft, while some of the other are indirectly linked to the company.