Small Companies Look To Move Antitrust Suits To Europe

from the come-to-Europe-for-the-history,-stay-for-the-regulatory-smackdowns dept

Following the EU’s decision to smack down Microsoft for antitrust violation, we had already noted how this could mean trouble for other successful tech companies. Of course, that just means it’s an opportunity for less successful companies. The Financial Times notes that small companies that have been unable to get much traction in their attempts to brand their bigger, more established competitors as monopolists, may now try to move those cases to Europe, where they hope to receive more favorable rulings. That seems a bit extreme and, one would hope, unlikely to succeed in most cases. Still, we have seen more questionable IPOs moving to Europe, so why not more questionable antitrust cases as well?

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Anonymous Coward says:

Do you hate Europe so much that you have to post such crap article?
Microsoft was (and is) a convicted monopolist (even in the US, if not for the administration change in 2000, MSFT might not have gotten off the hook that easily).
Also there’s a way to control wether or not you have a monoply (the term is actually pretty accurately defined).
Don’t assume that because MSFT was convicted it means that other will be convicted that easily (MSFT case was pretty clear cut anyway).

Vincent Clement (profile) says:

Re: Re:

At worst, Microsoft was found guilty of monopolistic behaviour. Semantics perhaps, but a slight difference that is important.

As to Europe, well, anything American is an easy target. France has always looked at developing a French version of various Google services. Europeans are a funny bunch. Governments invest billions into Airbus, farm subsidies and so on, but have the nerve to file anti-trust suits against large American companies.

emichan says:

Re: Re:

So techdirt desends to the level of writing flame bait as a means to generate traffic – this isn’t even a story; all the references are to old techdirt items on the same subject, and clearly techdirt’s understanding isn’t improving.

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