Google challenges European Union anti-trust fine

Google challenges European Union anti-trust fine

Google challenges European Union anti-trust fine

Google launched an appeal against 2.4-billion fine imposed by European anti-trust authorities which imposed a fine on the tech giant accusing it of favouring its online shopping centres in search results.

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.

The company was expected to appeal the fine, which was the largest ever penalty issued by the regulator, after saying it had "respectfully disagreed" with the ruling.

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

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.

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Google is still obliged to pay up despite the legal challenge, but it can put the money in a locked account until the court reaches a decision. A court spokeswoman said Google has not asked for an interim order to suspend the decision to levy an fine.

A court spokeswoman said Google has not asked for an interim order to suspend the European Union decision.

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.

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.

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