Google Formally Disputes EU's Antitrust Charges

Google Inc. rebuffed the European Union’s demand that it change the way it ranks online comparison-shopping services in its search results, setting up a potentially drawn-out legal battle between the search giant and a regulator empowered to levy billions of euros in fines. In a formal response to antitrust charges the EU filed this spring against the California company, Google said it has argued the bloc’s antitrust regulators erred in their analysis of the fast-changing online-shopping business, misconstrued Google’s impact on rival shopping-comparison services, and failed to properly back up their legal claims.