Italian Regulator To Google: Start Talks, Skip Fines

Law360, New York (September 17, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT) -- Italian Antitrust Authority Chairman Antonio Catricala wants Google Inc. to stave off the prospect of steep fines through talks with Italian news publishers aimed at quelling allegations that the Internet search giant abused its dominant market position.

Catricala told Law360 on Thursday that he hoped Google would begin talks with Italian publishers so that the competition regulator could close the inquiry it launched into Google last month without imposing "heavy fines."

Italy's antitrust agency launched an investigation into possible abuse of a dominant market position by...
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