Google Faces Antitrust Suit Over Ad Price Hike

Law360, New York (February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Google Inc. has been hit with an antitrust complaint by TradeComet.com LLC alleging the Internet giant unfairly manipulated its advertising prices to eliminate the Web site operator as a competitor.

The suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, accuses Google of imposing massive price increases to "strangle" TradeComet's business, in breach of federal antitrust laws.

TradeComet said Wednesday its business-to-business search engine — SourceTool.com — was a thriving operation before Google identified it as a threat and “ultimately extinguish[ed]”...
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