Google will appeal €2.9bn European Union fine

by Harriet Bell September 12, 2017, 0:27
Google will appeal €2.9bn European Union fine

Google appealed on Monday against a record 2.4-billion-euro ($2.9 billion) European Union antitrust fine, with its chances of success boosted by Intel's partial victory last week against another European Union sanction.

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

Google was also given 90 days to end the "anti competitive" practices or face a further fine amounting to 5% of the average daily global earning of its parent company Alphabet.

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

The Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe's second-highest, is expected to take years before ruling on the case.

A spokesman for Google confirmed the company had filed the appeal but said the company had no further comment to make.

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The fine handed to Google was a significant hike on the previous record penalty of €1.06bn (£937m) dished out by the commission to U.S. microchip firm Intel in 2009.

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.

The commission said that since 2008, Google has systematically given prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service, while demoting rival comparison shopping services in its search results.

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