Google Appeals Against 2.4-billion Euro Fine by European Union

Google Appeals Against 2.4-billion Euro Fine by European Union

Google Appeals Against 2.4-billion Euro Fine by European Union

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

The move by comes two months after a court ruled that Google had abused its dominance in Europe by giving prominent placement in searches to its own comparison shopping service, while demoting those of rivals. The company declined to give further details of its appeal.

The Silicon Valley giant had responded to the fine at the time of its announcement by saying that it "respectfully" disagreed with the legal argument being pursued.

The owner of the world's largest search engine said it filed its appeal on Monday at the EU's General Court, based in Luxembourg.

"The Commission's decision stands on firm ground, both legally and factually, and we expect the Commission to win on appeal", FairSearch lawyer Thomas Vinje said.

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

The EU Court of Justice told a lower tribunal last Wednesday to re-examine USA chipmaker Intel's appeal against a 1.06 billion euro fine, dealing a rare setback to the Commission.

European Union is expected to decide another case against Google over abusing its dominance of internet search to impose its Andriod mobile operating system.

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.

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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