Google has appealed a $2.4 billion fine from the EU

Jon Howard
September 12, 2017

Google has lodged its appeal to the EU's Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice over the €2.4 billion fine imposed on it by the European Commission Competition Directorate for favouring its shopping service in search results.

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 faces a further fine amounting to 5% of the average daily global earning of its parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) if it continues its practices after the deadline.

Google is now set for a legal showdown in Brussels that could take years to resolve, and add further strain on already tense relations between the company and the EU. Google had initially said that they "respectfully" disagrees with the legal argument.

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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.

The move sets up a court battle between Brussels and the internet giant that could take years to resolve and make already tense relations between Europe and the USA tech giant even more fraught. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate.

Last week, the EU's highest court backed Intel Corp.'s appeal of a €1.06 billion antitrust fine from 2009, seen as dealing a blow to the antitrust regulator.

Regulators are also expected to levy fines in separate investigations into Google's Android mobile-phone software - possibly as soon as next month - and the AdSense advertising service.

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