French search engines seek $419 mln from Google

June 28, 2011 - 5:44 AM

PARIS (AP) — A French Internet company has filed a lawsuit saying Google unfairly cut into its search engine business and is seeking hundreds of millions in damages.

The company, 1plusV, says it is the largest claim of its kind in Europe against Google.

The company, which operates search engines in French, is claiming euro295 million ($419 million) in damages in the suit filed Tuesday in Paris commercial court.

Google spokesman Al Verney told The Associated Press, "we have only just received the complaint so we can't comment in detail yet. We always try to do what's best for our users. It's the key principle that drives our company and we look forward to explaining this."

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission are investigating claims that Google stifles competition.

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PARIS (AP) — A French Internet company has filed a lawsuit saying Google unfairly cut into its search engine business and is seeking hundreds of millions in damages.

The company, 1plusV, says it is the largest claim of its kind in Europe against Google.

The company, which operates search engines in French, is claiming euro295 million ($419 million) in damages in the suit filed Tuesday in Paris commercial court.

Google spokesman Al Verney told The Associated Press, "we have only just received the complaint so we can't comment in detail yet. We always try to do what's best for our users. It's the key principle that drives our company and we look forward to explaining this."

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission are investigating claims that Google stifles competition.

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