Google appeals record $2.7 billion European Union antitrust 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.

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.

The fine was the largest penalty ever issued by the regulator, which also said the firm could face more fines if it continued its practices.

Google said declined to comment further.

The Commission is reviewing its Google Shopping decision in light of the ECJ's Intel ruling, according to Reuters.

The Commission, which ordered Google to stop the practice by September 28, is reviewing Google's proposal on how it would comply with the European Union decision.

Google has chose to appeal the record-breaking fine imposed on it by the European Union's highest antitrust authority in July.

Brussels accused Google of giving its own service too much priority in search results to the detriment of other price comparison services, such as TripAdvisor and Expedia.

Google is fighting its record $2.7 billion antitrust fine from the European Commission.

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. "And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation".