Google Target of Antitrust Lawsuit
Google is accused of violating antitrust laws in its dealings with SourceTool.com, a business-to-business search engine. SourceTool.com's parent company, TradeComet.com, is being represented by the law firm that also handles Microsoft's antitrust issues, although a partner with the firm says there's no connection. Microsoft and Google have clashed over a variety of issues in the past.The parent company of SourceTool.com, a small business-to-business online search engine, on Feb. 17 filed a complaint in United States District Court against Google for violating antitrust laws.
The 38-page complaint filed by New York-based TradeComet.com, which launched SourceTool.com in 2005, alleges that Google violated the Sherman Act, the federal anti-monopoly statute, by attempting to quash the smaller company's business once the latter started to draw a rapidly increasing number of hits. TradeComet.com is being represented by Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, which also represents Microsoft in its antitrust dealings. A partner with the firm told The New York Times that Microsoft has "no involvement" in the suit against Google.
In response, Google issued a statement that said it will look into the matter.
"We have not yet had a chance to review the complaint in detail, but, as we have consistently made clear, the advertising market in which Google operates is highly competitive, and advertisers have a huge range of choices."