Google appeals $2.9 billion antitrust fine from EU

12 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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But Google's "fix" - which turned search placements into a pay-to-play auction - appalled critics.

The Commission told Google to stop displaying its shopping service so prominently at the top of search results by September 28, saying it is an abuse of power. A court spokeswoman said Google has not asked for an interim order to suspend the decision to levy an fine.

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 USA tech giant even more fraught, AFP reported.

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Search giant Google, owned by Alphabet Inc.

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.

The European Commission said "it will defend its decision in court", while Google declined to comment on details of its appeal.

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A spokesman then said that Google "respectfully disagreed" with the ruling. "And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation".

The fine on Google broke the previous record of European Union monopoly case against USA chip maker Intel of 1.06 billion euros in 2009.

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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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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