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India: Law prevents Google dominance abuse settlement

 |  March 10, 2014

Google may be facing similar allegations in India as the company did in the US and EU before regulators settled, but according to reports, Indian law does not allow for such a settlement.

Reports say Google faces a fine of up to $5 billion by the Competition Commission of India as authorities continue their two-year probe into allegations of dominance abuse in the search market.

Due to Indian law, because a complaint was filed against the company, it cannot be withdrawn; further, reports say, there are no provisions in Indian competition law that would allow Google to settle, as it did with EU and US regulators for similar allegations.

The revelations follow news that the US Federal Trade Commission is aiding the CCI with its case. The CCI’s Director General is said to be planning to submit its report on the case shortly.

In addition to a fine, Google is also threatened with being forced to breakup its operations into various units in India, say reports.

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