Google appeals record $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine

Marie Harrington
September 12, 2017

When reached by TechCrunch for comment a Google's spokesman declined to confirm whether it would be complying with the Commission's antitrust order while it pursues a legal challenge - or to answer any questions.

The company has submitted plans on how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service and these are now being reviewed by Brussels.

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".

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.

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The fine was the largest penalty ever issued by the regulator, which also said the firm could face more fines if it continued its practices.

The Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe's second-highest, is expected to take several years before ruling on the appeal.

"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules", EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at the time. A spokeswoman for the general court in Luxembourg said Google had not asked for an interim order to suspend the European Union decision, leaving it potentially open to fines for every day it fails to reform its ways. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate".

The fine over Google Shopping broke the previous European Union record for a monopoly case against U.S. chipmaker Intel of 1.06 billion euros in 2009 and made the EU the global leader in regulating Silicon Valley giants. These concern the contracts for its AdSense advertising service and the licensing of its Android mobile phone operating system.

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