1PlusV are claiming that Google is using their market dominance to stifle competition. The niche search engine is suing for €295 million (£265million) on basis that Google has both hindered the company in making niche search engines (such as ejustice.com for legal documents) and that Google has blacklisted dozens of the vertical search engines they have created.
It could be first in a series of cases where Google comes under fire for its ranking system. A recent overhaul of how sites are ranked has hit some sites hard and the search engine could be liable for their losses.[digitaltrends]