Tech giant Google appeals against the €2.4bn European Union fine

Trevor Jackson
September 12, 2017

Search giant Google, owned by Alphabet Inc.

AFP has reported Monday, that Google has launched an appeal against the largest antitrust fine ever given by the European Commission regulator in June, costing a staggering €2.4bn (£2bn or $2.8bn).

It gave the company 90 days to comply or face further fines.

The company has submitted plans on how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service and these are now being reviewed by Brussels. A Google spokesperson confirmed the appeal filed but denied making any further comments.

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Mr Barnier's team also said Irish citizens living in the North must keep their rights as European Union citizens. People in Britain will be dismayed if the Good Friday Agreement and the peace it has brought is damaged".

And while the two cases are clearly different - and the Intel verdict remains a partial one at this stage (the sanction has not been overturned as yet) - it's certainly unusual for Europe's courts to rule against Commission verdicts, offering some hope to Google's lawyers they can successful argue against the regulator's rationale.

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. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate".

Last month, Google reportedly provided details to the European Union how it would change its practices by a September 28 deadline or face additional fines.

Google is fighting its record $2.7 billion antitrust fine from the European Commission. A court spokeswoman said Google has not asked for an interim order to suspend the decision to levy an fine. The first relates to Android, its operating system on a smartphone, and the second AdSense, its advertising network.

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