French Court Rules against Google for Providing Free Web-Mapping Services

February 13, 2012

A French court ruled in early February 2012 that Google must pay €500,000 in damages and €15,000 in fines as a result of business practices alleged to be anti-competitive. The ruling stems from a complaint by French company Bottin Cartographes, which claimed that Google France and Google Inc. competed unfairly by offering Web-mapping services for free to some businesses. Bottin offers similar services, but charges a fee.

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