Claims Google unfairly promoted its own web properties.
Someone close do the domain name industry is getting lots of press today.
ShopCity, led by Colin Pape, filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on November 11.
Pape has been in the domain industry for a while and even keynoted the Epik conference last year.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek is covering the story.
ShopCity says that Google unfairly used its control of search results to damage ShopCity.com, according to Bloomberg. The company complains that Google pushed it down in search rankings and favored its own competing service.
Google says the company — which had 8,000 domains for cities around the U.S. such as ShopPaloAlto.com and ShopCorona.com — violated its guidelines. It says the sites included duplicate and auto-generated content.
Marketing Pilgrim has an interesting take on the story.