Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Google Appeals Against 2.4-billion Euro Fine by European Union

Google Appeals Against 2.4-billion Euro Fine by European Union

At the time of the ruling, Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said Google's strategy for attracting customers to its online shopping service was not just about being better than rivals.

Google last week notified the European Union it would attempt to meet the demands of the European Union decision.

The world's most popular Internet search engine, a unit of the US firm Alphabet, launched its appeal two months after it was fined by the European Commission for abusing its dominance in Europe by giving prominent placement in searches to its comparison shopping service and demoting rival offerings.

However, setting up a court battle between Brussels and the internet giant could take years to resolve and make already tense relations between Europe and the USA tech giant even more fraught, AFP reported.

Google said it had no further comment.

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The appeal lodged by Google will not help it to suspend the fine, however, it can put the money in a blocked account until the final decision.

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

Brussels accused 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. That order came with a 2.4 billion euro ($2.9 billion) fine, more than double the 1.06 billion euros for Intel.

The EU is also expected to soon decide another case against Google over abuse of its dominance of internet search to impose its Android mobile operating system.

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