Google launches appeal against 2.4-b euro European Union fine

Google launches appeal against 2.4-b euro European Union fine

Google launches appeal against 2.4-b euro European Union fine

Google has already said it will comply with the changes to vertical search that Brussels requested, and has until September 27 to explain how it will put these into practice.

The European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager said, Google's activity was "illegal under EU antitrust rules".

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

Initially Google was given 90 days to comply or face further fines.

The regulator further said that Google could be facing more fines should it continue with its practices, the tach giant has said it had no further comment.

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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. 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.

While the Google case is not the same as that of Intel, the judgment has been welcomed by companies under European regulatory scrutiny because it raises the bar for the regulator to prove wrongdoing.

The EU is also investigating whether Google tried to squeeze out its rivals in online search advertising and through its Android mobile operating system.

The EU's enforcement wing, the European Commission, issued the massive penalty in June, accusing Google of boosting its own comparative shopping tool in its search results at the expense of other services.

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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