Ohio state court dismisses antitrust claims against Google

On 31 August 2001 the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (Civil Division) in Ohio dismissed an antitrust claim under Ohio state law that Google unlawfully raised prices for AdWords keywords used by myTriggers.com, a vertical search site, to promote its price comparison services.

The court dismissed the claim for lack of antitrust standing, because myTriggers.com failed to allege injury to competition, in addition to itself, in the complaint. The court held that myTriggers.com not only failed to specify any other vertical search site that was harmed by Google’s alleged conduct but also claimed that this conduct actually favored some vertical search sites. In addition, myTriggers.com also failed to allege that sites were blacklisted by Google and its partners. [Juha Vesala]