The European Competition Commission has given Google another three weeks to file a response to formal charges that its Shopping price comparison service unfairly demotes rival services in search results.
TheEUs investigation of the Google Shopping service has beenongoing for some six years at this point, although the Commission only formally laid out charges in 2015. This is the second extension Google has been granted to respond to thecharge.
In a statement on the extension an EU spokesperson said: Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file. In line with normal practice, the commission analyzed the reasons for the request and granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its rights of defense.
The latest extension, reported earlier by Reuters, gives Google a new deadline of November 7 to file its response. Although its entirely possible the companymight request (and be granted) a further extension not least because Googlehastwo other EU antitrust charges on its plate.
In the two other EU antitrust cases, the companycurrently has until October 26 to respond toaccusations it blocks competitors in online search advertising; and until October 31 to respond to achargethat it uses its dominant Android mobile OS as a Trojan horse to promote its services via app pre-loads.
The EU has given Googlemultipleextensions to Google for filing itsAndroid response, and one extension for responding to the AdSense charge.
According to charge sheets previously seen by Reuters, the EC intends to impose deterrent fines on Google in the Android and Shopping cases although the Commission has not commented on reportsof a fine incoming.
InRussia the company has already been fined as a result ofantitrust complaints pertaining to its Android OS, losing an appeal against Russias antimonopoly servicethis summer.