Google takes EU’s 2.4 billion euro fine to top court

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Google takes EU's 2.4 billion euro fine to top court

Google said it would appeal the EU General Court ruling, which ruled that the comparison strategy at its shopping service violated the rules and upheld the EU Commission’s fine against the company.

“After careful consideration, we decided to appeal the Decision of the General Court because we believe there are areas that require legal explanation from the European Court of Justice,” the statement said.

The EU General Court in Luxembourg ruled in November on US-based Google’s case against the EU Commission’s fine, upholding a 2.4 billion euro fine imposed on the company.

At this stage, the case will be moved to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, for legality review.

About the punishment

The EU had launched a review of Google on the grounds that it was giving its own shopping services an advantage through its search engine.

In 2017, the EU Commission fined Google 2.4 billion euros for abusing market dominance as a search engine and demanded that the search engine treat its competitors equally in the shopping service.

Google had launched legal action against the fine. The company argued that the EU fine was legally, qualitatively and economically wrong.

EU penalties for Google

In 2018, the EU fined Google 4.34 billion euros for abusing market dominance in its Android operating system.

In addition, the EU fined Google 1.49 billion euros in 2019 for abusing market dominance in its “advertising service” AdSense.

The EU fined Google more than 8 billion euros in files between 2017 and 2019.

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