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Google appeals against 2.4-billion euro fine in European Union court

12 September 2017, 12:44 | Myrtle Vega

Google announced it will challenge the fine levied by the EU in June following a court decision on a similar case with Intel

Google announced it will challenge the fine levied by the EU in June following a court decision on a similar case with Intel

Google has made a decision to appeal the record-breaking fine imposed on it by the European Union's highest antitrust authority in July.

The European Commission gave Google until September 28 to change its practices to avoid further fines.

The regulator further said that Google could be facing more fines should it continue with its practices, the tach giant has said it had no further comment.

Lodging the appeal does not suspend the fine, meaning Google is still obliged to pay up, though it can put the money in a blocked account until the decision is reached.

The company was expected to appeal the fine, which was the largest ever penalty issued by the regulator, after saying it had "respectfully disagreed" with the ruling. Following this, Google submitted details of its offer to the European Union last week, which the anti-trust chief said her teams were carefully evaluating.

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Google may take confidence on an unexpected reversal for Brussels last week when the European court of justice ordered a lower tribunal to re-examine Intel's appeal against a €1.06bn fine, the previous record for an anti-trust case.

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Brussels accuses Google of giving its own service too much priority in search results to the detriment of other price comparison services, such as TripAdvisor and Expedia.

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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