Google Appeals Against EU Antitrust Fine

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The EU’s antitrust watchdog around June, 2017 fined Google €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) for manipulating search results to favor its own shopping services over those offered by competitors. The fine is the largest antitrust penalty issued by the European Commission (EC), which gave Google 90 days to give “equal treatment” to competing services in its search results.

Google said on Monday it had launched an appeal against the European Commission’s decision to fine it a record 2.4 billion euro ($2.9 billion) for favoring its shopping service in internet searches.

The Commission said on June 27 that Google had abused its dominance in Europe to give prominent placement in searches to its own comparison shopping service, demoting those of rivals.

The Commission said the U.S. company, a unit of Alphabet Inc, had to stop the practice by Sept. 28.