The competition regulator has dropped its misleading conduct case against Google’s Australian and Irish subsidiaries.In Federal Court this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would now only target Google’s US parent company and Trading Post.The judge hearing the case, James Allsop, instructed the ACCC to file a further statement of claim against those two entities by November 8. The hearing will resume on November 16.
Australian watchdog to only target Google parent [Reuters]
Australia’s competition regulator agreed on Wednesday to only target parent firm Google Inc, and not its Australian and Irish arms, in court action over alleged sponsored advertising links it says are misleading.
ACCC drops case against Google subsidiaries
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has discontinued proceedings against two of the four respondents in it’s case against Google and the Trading Post Australia which alleged that Google failed to distinguish between sponsored and ‘organic’ search results.At the Federal court in Sydney on Thursday, the ACCC dropped its claims against the Third and Fourth respondents in the case: Google Australia Pty Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd.