Google appeals record European Union fine over 'unfair' shopping searches

Javier Howell
September 12, 2017

The EU fined the internet giant for abusing its dominance in Europe to position its own shopping comparison service at the top of Google search results.

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) told a lower tribunal last Wednesday to re-examine USA chip-maker Intel's appeal against a 1.06bn Euro fine, dealing a rare setback to the European Commission.

If it did not, the Commission said, it faced penalty payments of up to 5 per cent of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, which is Google's parent company.

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

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.

It is anticipated to take years before the Luxembourg-based General Court rules on the case.

Google is fighting its record $2.7 billion antitrust fine from the European Commission. Last week, Google also notified the European Union that it would attempt to meet the demands of the European Union decision.

Meanwhile, last week, the EU's highest court backed Intel Corp.'s (INTC) appeal of a €1.06 billion antitrust fine from 2009.

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.

Google has already said it will comply with the changes to vertical search that Brussels requested, and has until September 27 to explain how it will put these into practice.

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