Google begins European Union showdown to appeal £2.2bn record fine

Google announced it will challenge the fine levied by the EU in June following a court decision on a similar case with Intel

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.

Tech giant Google has lodged an appeal against the 2.4bn euro fine (£2bn / $2.8bn) it was ordered to pay by the European Commission in June.

The company has submitted plans on how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service and these are now being reviewed by Brussels.

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.

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




Google may have been emboldened by Intel's recent success in appealing a €1.06 billion antitrust fine - the previous European Union record - imposed by the Commission in 2009.

Intel Corp. waited eight years for a ruling on its legal challenge to a 2009 fine only to be told last week that the General Court must re-examine the case.

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.

The EU is also expected to soon decide another case against Google over abuse of its dominance of internet search to impose its Android mobile operating system.

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