Google appeals against 2.4-billion euro fine in European Union court

Randolph Lopez
September 12, 2017

Google on Monday launched a legal challenge to a record 2.4-billion euro fine imposed by European anti-trust authorities for favouring its own shopping service, lodging an appeal at the EU court in Luxembourg.

Google was also given 90 days to end the "anti competitive" practices or face a further fine amounting to 5% of the average daily global earning of its parent company Alphabet.

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

A spokesman for Google confirmed the company had filed the appeal but said the company had no further comment to make.

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"The Commission's decision stands on firm ground, both legally and factually, and we expect the Commission to win on appeal", FairSearch lawyer Thomas Vinje said.

It took Intel the best part of eight years to obtain Wednesday's judgement, and the case isn't over yet, so Google is likely have a long legal battle ahead of it.

The move by comes two months after a court ruled that Google had abused its dominance in Europe by giving prominent placement in searches to its own comparison shopping service, while demoting those of rivals. "And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation".

The EU flag is seen with Google logo. 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. The first relates to Android, its operating system on a smartphone, and the second AdSense, its advertising network.

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