Consumer Group Tells EU Watchdog To Block Google Buy

Law360, New York (January 23, 2012, 4:06 PM EST) -- Consumer Watchdog's privacy director chimed in Monday on European antitrust regulators' consideration of Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., saying the European Commission should block the deal and issue a formal complaint against Google.

Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson sent a letter to Commissioner Joaquin Almunia saying Google spent a record $9.7 million in 2011 lobbying Washington policymakers to help it commit competition abuses.

“We have faith the commission will not succumb to such influence,” Simpson wrote....
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