Google Europe Blows off Microsoft Antitrust Lawsuit

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Ever confident it is not being evil, Google this week reacted to the news it had been sued by Microsoft Corp. for what amounts to hogging all the customers in Europe and edging out Microsoft’s competing product, Bing.

Google spokesman Al Verney, (follow him on Twitter @alverney) based in Brussels, Belgium, released a statement akin to saying, “Yeah, and … ?”

“We’re not surprised that Microsoft has done this, since one of their subsidiaries was one of the original complainants,” Verney said in the statement. “For our part, we continue to discuss the case with the European Commission and we’re happy to explain to anyone how our business works.”

Microsoft alleges that Google is using unfair practices to keep other search engines from accessing data from sites such as YouTube. Google controls 95 percent of the market in Europe while it has just 75 percent here in the U.S., GC Brad Smith wrote on the blog Microsoft on the Issues.

“We’re concerned by a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative,” Smith wrote.