EU To Eye Google-DoubleClick Union

Law360, New York (July 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Europe's competition watchdog is reportedly set to consider Google Inc.'s proposed $3 billion buyout of online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. after national regulators did not ask to review the merger.

With national authorities declining to take on the case, the proposed transaction automatically falls under the European Commission's jurisdiction, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

The marriage proposal has stirred criticism from European consumer advocacy groups in recent weeks.

Consumer advocacy group BEUC said in a letter to Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes in late June that the...
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