NavX sues Google again, increasing its claim for damages over Adwords rules

NavX alleges Google hasn't changed its behavior since the French Competition Authority upheld a NavX complaint against Google last year

French navigation data provider NavX filed another lawsuit against Google last Thursday, renewing its accusations that the company abused its dominant position in online advertising and tripling its claim for damages.

In June 2010, the French Competition Authority ordered Google to change its practices in settlement of a complaint from NavX about the same issue, closing the case in October 2010. Around that time, NavX filed a claim against Google in the Paris Commercial Court seeking €7 million in damages, returning there last week to raise its claim to €23 million (US$31 million).

Navx had complained to the authority after Google suspended its Adwords account without explanation in November 2009. According to the authority, Google later said it had suspended the account on the grounds that its code of practice for advertisers forbids the promotion of "illegal traffic devices that evade traffic laws." However, NavX didn't sell devices, it sold databases of radar speed-trap locations allowing GPS receivers to warn drivers as they approach speed traps.

"We don't think Google's behavior has significantly changed since the decision of the French competition authority," NavX CEO Jean Cherbonnier said Wednesday, by email.

NavX has asked the Court to rule that Google abused its dominant position by discriminating against NavX, by brutally ending the companies' commercial relationship without motive, and by refusing to reactivate NavX's account, Cherbonnier said.

Cherbonnier said NavX took so long to increase its demands because it was waiting for a financial valuation expert to estimate the damages it had suffered.

NavX also wants the court to make Google change its practices, beyond the changes ordered by the Competition Authority.

"We are also asking the court to cancel two clauses in their advertising terms and conditions. One allows Google to terminate the agreement with immediate effect. The other allows Google to modify its Policies at any time," Cherbonnier said.

Google said it had no comment on the new lawsuit.

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news for IDG News Service. Send comments and news tips to Peter at peter_sayer@idg.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetGoogleadvertisinglegalGPSconsumer electronicsantitrustNavx

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Peter Sayer

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?