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EU: Google Given 2nd extension in AdSense Antitrust Case

 |  October 25, 2016

The European Union is granting Google a week-long extension to respond to charges claiming the company is abusing its dominance in online search advertising.

The Mountain View, Calif. company now has until Nov. 3 to respond to antitrust concerns over Adsense, its search advertising project, European Commission spokesman Richard Cardoso told Reuters.

“Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file. In line with normal practice, the commission analyzed the reasons for the request and granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its rights of defense,” Cardoso wrote in an email to Reuters.

Google has previously received multiple extensions to formally respond to EU antitrust charges over its comparison shopping service and Android operating system.

Adsense is the third Google product to raise antitrust concerns with the European Commission — the executive arm of the European Union. The Commission argues that Google has taken advantage of its leader in the online advertising market to maintain its dominance and block competitors.

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