Google has been given an extra week to respond to EC allegations that it was blocking rivals in online search advertising. It might only be a week but it is likely to delay a regulatory decision on the case until next year.
European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said, making the second extension because Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file.
The Adsense case has been brewing against Google since July and is the third antitrust case to be raised by the EU accusing it of having abused its market power in the placement of search advertising on third-party websites.
Google still has to respond to another charge that it favors its own shopping service over those of rivals and a second accusation that it abuses the dominance of its Android operating system for phones to squeeze out rivals .
Both deadlines have been extended several times. Google always said it did nothing wrong, it was someone else, it was broken before it got there.