Fine european record : Google filed an action for annulment

Casey Dawson
September 12, 2017

Google has appealed against a record €2.4bn antitrust fine imposed by the European Commission in June.

The European Commission had found that Google's shopping service had seen traffic jump 45-fold in the United Kingdom when it began to abuse its dominance.

Following the ruling, Google said it "respectfully" disagreed and was considering whether to appeal.

The EC has ordered Google to stop its anti-competitive behaviour by 28 September, or risk penalty payments of as much as 5 percent of Alphabet's average daily worldwide turnover.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

At the end of last month Google did take the first steps to comply with the Commission's antitrust order against Google Shopping, submitting details of how it intends to amend the price comparison service - though these proposals have not been made public.

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For its part, Google was found guilty of misusing its search engine to promote another service, "Google Shopping", previously known as Google Product Search and Froogle, causing traffic drops of up to 90 percent for its competitors. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate".

The EU competition enforcer will defend its decision in court, a spokesman said.

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

Last week, Google also notified the European Union that it would attempt to meet the demands of the European Union decision.

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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