Tech giant Google appeals against the €2.4bn European Union fine

Google uses latest EU Intel court ruling as basis for antitrust appeal

Google has appealed against a record 2.4bn Euro (£2.18 billion) antitrust fine, its chances of success boosted by Intel's partial victory last week against an European sanction.

In an interview with AFP, Europe's anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager last week said some of that proposal "pointed in the very right direction", but could only be judged once in effect.

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

The appeal, which the court has confirmed receiving, will take some time to be heard and is likely to result in prolonged expensive hearings, but an unapologetic Commission on Monday insisted that it will "defend its decision in court".

The commission said that since 2008, Google has systematically given prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service, while demoting rival comparison shopping services in its search results. Justice grinds slowly and any ruling from the General Court can also be appealed at the bloc's highest tribunal, the EU Court of Justice. This appeal is not suspensive; Google will therefore have to pay the fine.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

Google has appealed the multi-billion pound fine issued by the European Union for the alleged abuse of its dominant position in the search engine market.

The fine handed to Google was a significant hike on the previous record penalty of €1.06bn (£937m) dished out by the commission to U.S. microchip firm Intel in 2009.

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