Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Google appeals against huge European Union anti-trust fine

Google appeals against huge European Union anti-trust fine

Search giant Google, owned by Alphabet Inc.

Google has launched an appeal against a €2.4bn (£2.2bn) fine that the European Commission ordered it to pay in June for breaching anti-trust rules with its online shopping service.

Google confirmed the appeal to Business Insider but declined to comment further or give any detail.

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

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 U.S. tech giant even more fraught, AFP reported. Google has previously said it disagreed with the European Union decision and had indicated it would file an appeal.

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The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered a lower tribunal last week to re-examine US chipmaker Intel's appeal against a 1.06 billion euro fine, a rare setback for the Commission.

Intel lost its first appeal, but persisted, and on Wednesday the case was referred back to the court that had rejected it with the instruction to allow Intel to challenge more of the evidence against it.

In an interview with AFP, Europe's anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager last week said some of that proposal "pointed in the very right direction", but could only be judged once in effect.

European regulators are also expected to levy further fines in separate cases over Google's Android smartphone software and its AdSense advertising business as early as next month.

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