Google appeals against 2.4-billion euro fine in European Union court

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Google on Monday appealed the record $2.9 billion antitrust fine it got slapped with this summer by European regulators over manipulating its Internet 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.

A court battle between Brussels and Google could take years to resolve and adds to an increasingly bitter row between the U.S. giant and European countries.

The EC has ordered Google to stop its anti-competitive behaviour by 28 September, or risk penalty payments of as much as 5 percent of Alphabet's average daily worldwide turnover. The company declined to give further details of its appeal. Google had initially said that they "respectfully" disagrees with the legal argument.

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"Instead, Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors".

Margrethe Vestager, the EU's competition commissioner had said that Google's activity was "illegal under European Union antitrust rules". "And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation".

The fine over Google Shopping broke the previous European Union record for a monopoly case against U.S. chipmaker Intel of 1.06 billion euros in 2009 and made the EU the global leader in regulating Silicon Valley giants.

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