Google Appeals Record 2.4 Billion Euro Fine

Google has been accused of abusing its dominance in Europe

Google has been accused of abusing its dominance in Europe

While Google has appealed the decision, it has not requested that the court suspend it in the meantime, and it appears as though the company will continue to work towards fulfilling the changes ordered by the June ruling.

Google has filed a legal appeal against a record-breaking fine handed down by the European Commission this summer for anti-competitive behavior relating to the operation of its product search comparison service, now known as Google Shopping.

It took Intel the best part of eight years to obtain Wednesday's judgement, and the case isn't over yet, so Google is likely have a long legal battle ahead of it.

When the fine was issued, Europe's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said: "What Google has done is illegal under European Union antitrust rules". The company declined to give further details of its appeal.

"Instead, Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors".

Last week, the EU's highest court backed Intel Corp.'s appeal of a €1.06 billion antitrust fine from 2009, seen as dealing a blow to the antitrust regulator.

The verdict came less than a year after Vestager shocked Washington and the world with an order that iPhone manufacturer Apple repay 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland - against Dublin's wishes.

European regulators are also expected to levy further fines in separate cases over Google's Android smartphone software and its AdSense advertising business as early as next month.

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