Italian watchdog drops Google display adv case as EU antitrust investigates

The Google logo is photographed above an office building in Irvine, California, United States, August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s competition watchdog said on Tuesday it had dropped an investigation into allegations that Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) website misused its dominant position in the online display advertising market after European Union antitrust launched a similar investigation.

The agency said in its weekly bulletin that the Italian watchdog decided not to take any action because under EU laws, the case is now beyond its responsibility.

The European Commission opened an investigation in June into whether Google distorted competition by favoring online advertising technology services at the expense of online competitors, advertisers and publishers. Read more

(Reporting by Elvira Polina), Editing by Julia Segretti

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