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Google Appeals £2.2bn EU Antitrust Fine For Search Abuse

12 September 2017

The tribunal's press service said Google hadn't asked the court to suspend an European Union order for it to change how it displays shopping-search services before it rules on the challenge.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference at the EU Commission's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 27, 2017.REUTERS/Francois LenoirGoogle has appealed a record-breaking €2.4 billion (£2.1 billion; $2.9 billion) fine from European regulators.

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

It is anticipated to take years before the Luxembourg-based General Court rules on the case.

The European Commission gave Google until September 28 to change its practices to avoid further fines. And lodging the appeal does not suspend the fine, meaning Google is still obliged to pay, although it can put the money in a blocked account until a decision is made.

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"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. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate".

The EU flag is seen with Google logo.

Regulators are also expected to levy fines in separate investigations into Google's Android mobile-phone software - possibly as soon as next month - and the AdSense advertising service.

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.

Google Appeals £2.2bn EU Antitrust Fine For Search Abuse