Google Appeals Against 2.4-billion Euro Fine by European Union

Katrina Barker
September 12, 2017

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference at the EU Commission's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 27, 2017.REUTERS/Francois LenoirGoogle has appealed a record-breaking €2.4 billion (£2.1 billion; $2.9 billion) fine from European regulators.

A court spokeswoman said Google had not asked for an interim order to suspend the European Union decision.

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.

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 spokesman said at the time that they "respectfully disagreed" with the ruling.

Google said it had no further comment.

The commission's fine of €2,424,495,000 was said to take into account the "duration and gravity of the infringement", and was based on Google's revenue from its comparison shopping service in the 13 countries where the illegality occurred.

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

The fine handed to Google was a significant hike on the previous record penalty of €1.06bn (£937m) dished out by the commission to USA microchip firm Intel in 2009. The first relates to Android, its operating system on a smartphone, and the second AdSense, its advertising network.

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