Google challenges record European Union antitrust fine in court

Jerome Frank
September 12, 2017

The company last week confirmed that it would comply, and the fine will be paid into a frozen account pending the appeal.

The Commission ordered Google to stop its practice of promoting its own shopping comparison service above rivals by 28 September. The company declined to give further details of its appeal. Google had initially said that they "respectfully" disagrees with the legal argument.

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.

Brussels accused Google of giving its own service too much priority in search results at the expense of other price comparison services, such as TripAdvisor and Expedia. A court spokeswoman said Google has not asked for an interim order to suspend the decision to levy an fine.

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

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"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules", EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at the time.

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.

While the Google case is not the same as that of Intel, the judgment has been welcomed by companies under European regulatory scrutiny because it raises the bar for the regulator to prove wrongdoing.

The EU is now also investigating whether Google tried to squeeze out its rivals in online search advertising and through its Android mobile operating system.

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