Three European firms have filed suit against the Mountain View, California-based company by submitting official paperwork with the executive branch of the European Union. That arm, the European Commission, launched an antitrust probe three months ago with the motive of discerning whether Google is capable of blocking competitors by preventing them from landing advertisers.
Google's practice "impedes the development of efficient vertical search engines," according to Marie-Cécile Rameau, a lawyer representing one of the three companies naming Google as defendant. The practice also blocks competitors from accessing technologies to offer increased search abilities.
Amadeu Altafaj, a European Commission spokesman said the process allows Google to comment on the charges it faces before the commission decides which direction the probe will pursue.
Without elaborating on specific charges made by the three companies, Google spokesman Al Verney said the company is working "closely with the European Commission to explain many different parts of our business."