TripAdvisor files antitrust complaint against Google in EU

3 Apr 2012

Online travel review site TripAdvisor has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Google, citing “anti-competitive and unfair practices by Google that harm the marketplace and consumer welfare”.

Google Places is a competitor to TripAdvisor, which filed the complaint with the European Commission yesterday.

“We hope that the commission takes prompt corrective action to ensure a healthy and competitive online environment that will foster innovation across the Internet,” TripAdvisor said in its statement.

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TripAdvisor has not, however, given any more specifics about how it believes Google is carrying out unfair practices.

Just last Friday, travel website Expedia also filed a complaint against Google with the European Commission.

Last December, TripAdvisor was spun off from parent company Expedia in an IPO. TripAdvisor itself was set up in 2000 in Newton, Massachusetts.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic

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