Amerikanische Kartellbehörde FTC rüstet im Fall Google auf

Nachrichtlich kurz zur Kenntnis: Die amerikanische Kartellbehörde Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hat eine externe Juristin auf den Google-Fall angesetzt. Dies gab FTC-Vorsitzender Jon Leibowitz am Donnerstag auf einer Veranstaltung mit Journalisten im Silicon Valley bekannt. Die Behörde ermittelt gegen Google wegen des Verdachts auf Wettbewerbsverstöße, hat sich aber noch nicht entschieden, ob ein formelles Gerichtsverfahren angestrengt wird. Anders als in der Europäischen Union kann die Kartellbehörde keine eigenen Sanktionen aussprechen, sondern muss ihrerseits Klage vor einem ordentlichen Gericht erheben. Die Bestellung eines externen Ermittlers ist höchst ungewöhnlich und findet zum ersten Mal seit Jahren statt. Als Grund für diesen besonderen Schritt nannte Leibowitz „die hohe Bedeutung des Falls“. Betraut mit dem Mandat wurde Beth Wilkinson von der Kanzlei Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Sie nimmt ihre Tätigkeit am Montag auf. Bekannt ist Beth Wilkinson als profilierte Klägerin vor Gericht („Litigator“); sie ist Partnerin des Litigation Department ihrer Sozietät. (mit Reuters)

PS: Wie jetzt bekannt wurde, hat in Europa nun auch der Reisedienstleister Odigeo Kartellbeschwerde gegen Google eingereicht. Google bestätigte das in einer Mitteilung an seine Investoren. Odigeo besitzt die Service-Angebote Opodo, eDreams, GOvoyages und Travellink. Der EU-Kommission liegen mittlerweile über ein Dutzend Kartellbeschwerden gegen Google vor – zunehmend auch aus dem Reisesektor, da Google seine eigenen Reise-Produkte in gewohnter Weise systematisch in den Suchergebnislisten bevorzugt.


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  51. Ach ja, und bezüglich Odigeo:

    Die wollen google ans Bein pissen, weil Travelzoo’s Aktienkurse um knapp 30% gestiegen sind. Warum? Weil TZOO sich verkaufen will, potentielle Käufer sind: Amazon, Odigeo, Google et al.
    TZOO hat Daten von 24 Millionen Nutzern.

    Was bedeutet das?
    Ich will nicht behaupten, dass das was Google macht gut ist; im Gegenteil. Die Art und Weise wie google Unternehmen kauft um seine Services zu aggregieren ist mind-blowing!

    Aber: alle anderen machen das gleiche. Es geht immer um die Nutzerdaten. Und jedes Unternehmen möchte so viel wie möglich über uns sammeln um uns ihren Scheiss besser zu verkaufen. DARUM geht’s in Wirklichkeit, und nicht darum eine “gerechte” Wirtschaft herzustellen, wie Herr Keese’s Artikel zu suggerieren versucht…

    Wake up, Slaves!

    Ach ja, nichts zu Danken für die Recherchearbeit ;-)

  52. Seit wann verkauft Google Reisen? und Canon-Kameras? WTF?

    Ach ja, und bitte die ganze Geschichte erzählen:
    Die FTC hat seit Jahren versucht illegales User-Tracking durch Werbung zu verbieten (

    Was den Companies bei ALEC natürlich auf den Sack geht…

    Wer böse ist, könnte jetzt natürlich behaupten, dass die FTC diesen Firmen jetzt ein bisschen an die lange Leine lässt, und ihnen Beth Wilkinson an die Seite stellt (die Pfizer und Philip Morris vertreten hat, lustigerweise auch bei ALEC organisiert).

    Anyway, es geht IMHO nur darum dass die organisierten Kartelle (ALEC) gegen Google vorgehen, und die FTC benutzen um ihren Kartell-Krieg zu führen.


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