French Competitor Plans to Sue Google for $422 Million


1PlusV, a French Google competitor, plans to sue Google for $422 million, claiming the search engine hinders rivals from reaping advertising revenue by discriminating against other “vertical search sites,” giving preference to Google’s own sites. In addition to the money, 1PlusV is seeking an order that Google post details of its alleged “anti-competitive behavior” on its French home page for exactly three months, for the whole world to see. It’s rough timing: The lawsuit comes on the heels of that federal investigation into whether Google is in violation of antitrust laws. [Bloomberg, FT]