Google fined 2.42 billion Euro by the EU over skewed search-engine results


27 June, 2017 - In a record-breaking judgment, Google has been fined 2.42 billion Euro by the European Union antitrust regulator over skewed search-engine results. This follows a seven-year probe which started with the EU's claim that Google has been abusing its dominant position in the search-engine market by tailoring the algorithms which regulate its search functions to promote its own comparison-shopping service by giving it prominent placings. This inevitably meant that sites subject to the non-tailored algorithms fell down the rankings, depriving consumers of the full benefits of competition and genuine choice, and hindering rival firms from competing on a level playing field.

The fine could be the first in a series for Google as the EU is simultaneously pursuing two other antitrust cases with Google, investigating its Android Software for mobile phones and its online advertising services, AdSense. Moreover, the EU regulator is now further enquiring into the operations of Google to determine if it has abused its dominant position in its provision of maps, images and information on local services.

As a result of this judgment, Google will now be forced to give equal treatment to rival comparison-shopping sites including its own Google Shopping. Although the fine is nothing more than a mere slap on the wrist when compared to the Alphabet Inc.’s (Google’s parent company) 92.4 billion Euro in liquidity and short-term investments, the announcement has brought with it a decline in Alphabet’s stock by no less than 1.5% in pre-market trading in New-York.

Google will now have to regularise its position within the next 90 days and refrain from measures having the same or equivalent object or effect, regardless of whether an appeal is lodged or otherwise. Failure to do so will result in non-compliance payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of the parent company for each day of non-compliance; which would, in addition, be backdated to the date on which the non-compliance began.

This follows the 438 million-roubles (equivalent to $7.8 million) settlement which Google had negotiated with Russia’s antitrust watchdog back in April 2017, disallowing it from monopolising search-engines and applications, through Google’s Android operating systems in Russia, paving the way for services offered by third-parties to be pre-installed by Android phone manufacturers.

The decision highlights the aggressive stance which European officials are taking in regulating technology companies and the digital services industry.

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Gonzi & Associates, Advocates to Attend Pangea Annual General Meeting


14 June 2017 - Gonzi & Associates, Advocates will be attending the upcoming Pangea Annual General Meeting 2017, organised by Pangea Net, an international network of independent law firms. The event will be held in Mexico City, Mexico from the 15th to the 18th of June.

The primary aim of Pangea Net is to go beyond the typical norm of the legal network model to ensure that the relationship between its directory of law firms grows organically; ensuring that members meet regularly and develop a relationship so that they may then cooperate more efficiently if and when the need arises.

Our membership with the network stems from a belief that Gonzi & Associates, Advocates stands by steadfastly; that our clients’ international needs may be best accommodated through cooperation with high quality law firms in a trusted environment, where we can attest to the services being provided.

Last year’s Annual General Meeting saw an excess of 70 delegates present at the event held in Germany with firms in attendance offering a broad range of legal services including foreign investment, intellectual property, labour and employment, litigation and international trade.

At Gonzi & Associates, Advocates, we pride ourselves in consistently developing relationships with law firms across the globe to ensure that in assisting our clients on international matters we may stay true to the high quality of services which the Firm is committed to provide to its clients.

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Applicants must have a very good command of the English and Maltese languages, be able to work unsupervised, have good organisational skills and be able to represent the firm both locally and internationally.

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