EU: Media groups take Google matter into their own hands

A group of media conglomerates in Europe are taking matters against Google into their own hands after the European Commission failed to adequately address competition concerns surrounding the company to the conglomerates’ approval.

According to reports, a French media outlet has reported that the Open Internet Project, which represents various media groups, both print and music, plans to sue Google for abuse of dominance; the French report said the lawsuit would be officially announced Thursday.

Members of OIP include Elle magazine owner Groupe Lagardère, Axel Springer and others.

Reports say the conglomerates are unhappy at European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s decision to settle with Google after the Commission to years to investigate Google; the search giant was under scrutiny for allegations of dominance abuse and other anticompetitive behavior in the way it displays search results and advertisements.

Forbes was unable to independently confirm the French reports, however.

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