Google Appeals £2.2bn EU Antitrust Fine For Search Abuse

Tuesday, 12 Sep, 2017

The EU had earlier slammed Google in June with a fine of 2.4-billion euro for illegally favoring its shopping centers in the search results.

The move sets up a court battle between Brussels and the internet giant that could take years to resolve and make already tense relations between Europe and the U.S. tech giant even more fraught.

Google had been given 90 days to stop the favouritism or face a penalty of up to 5% of the average daily turnover of its parent company Alphabet.

Last week, EU officials said a plan that Google recently filed to comply with European regulations appeared to be a step "in the right direction". Google had initially said that they "respectfully" disagrees with the legal argument.

Brussels accuses Google of giving its own service too much priority in search results to the detriment of other price comparison services, such as TripAdvisor and Expedia.

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European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is investigating Google in three cases, as well as tech giants Apple, Facebook and Qualcomm.

Google has made a decision to appeal the record-breaking fine imposed on it by the European Union's highest antitrust authority in July.

While Google has declined to comment on the details of its appeal, the European Commission has said that it will defend its ruling in court.

Google is fighting its record $2.7 billion antitrust fine from the European Commission.

The EU is also investigating whether Google tried to squeeze out its rivals in online search advertising and through its Android mobile operating system.