Google appeals against huge European Union anti-trust fine

EU's Margrethe Vestager the Dane Who Is Google's Bane

European Union judges are the ultimate arbiter of European Union antitrust regulators who've often received support for their attempts to curb large companies' behavior.

The EU's competition commission had ruled that Google abused its dominant position to favor its own shopping comparison service in internet searches, ordering the company to stop the practice by September 28.

At the time of the ruling, Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said Google's strategy for attracting customers to its online shopping service was not just about being better than rivals.

Lodging the appeal does not suspend the fine, meaning Google is still obliged to pay up, though it can put the money in a blocked account until the decision is reached.

And while the two cases are clearly different - and the Intel verdict remains a partial one at this stage (the sanction has not been overturned as yet) - it's certainly unusual for Europe's courts to rule against Commission verdicts, offering some hope to Google's lawyers they can successful argue against the regulator's rationale.

Google is now set for a legal showdown in Brussels that could take years to resolve, and add further strain on already tense relations between the company and the EU.

The EU's enforcement wing, the European Commission, issued the massive penalty in June, accusing Google of boosting its own comparative shopping tool in its search results at the expense of other services.

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. That order came with a 2.4 billion euro ($2.9 billion) fine, more than double the 1.06 billion euros for Intel.

Related News:



Most liked

Ukraine is Investigating Mikheil Saakashvili for Illegal Entry Into the Country
Ukrainian law enforcement agencies said Sahakashvili and his supporters face a possible 5 year prison term. The latter quit, accusing Poroshenko of abetting corruption and turned into one of his loudest critics.

UN Security Council to vote on weakened North Korea sanctions
The proposal included a ban on oil and textile exports to North Korea and prohibited North Korean citizens from working overseas . The Security Council last month imposed new sanctions over North Korea's two long-range missile launches in July.

Hurricane Irma forces millions to evacuate
Hurricane Jose is gathering strength in the warm waters of the central Atlantic and is heading west in the wake of Irma . The Category 5 hurricane hit the Caribbean island of Barbuda on Wednesday and then made landfall on the islands of St.

Pep Guardiola praises Manchester City keeper over Mane collision
Sadio Mane and Wijnaldum are seen asking for the ball in the middle on noticing the space exposed by the Man City defenders. We had our chances in the first half and we were maximum 60%.

Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (IRT) to Hold
Aristotle Capital Boston, LLC augmented its position by buying 53,123 shares an increase of 20.9% from 03/31/2017 to 06/30/2017. The company now has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $10.71. (NYSE:SVU) rating on Friday, April 28.

Signs of support for Venezuela that Pope Francis sent from Colombia
This process remains "timely and necessary", he said, as "countless of our brothers and sisters continue to "thirst for peace". Pope Francis finished off his tour of Colombia with a bang and a whimper, as luck would (or wouldn't have it).

Stephen King horror remake It tops United Kingdom film box office
It also became the biggest September debut of all time, beating " Hotel Transylvania 2 ", which earned $48.5 million in in 2015. Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things is a standout because he delivers amusing lines without appearing as annoying.

U.S. stock futures shoot higher as North Korea tensions ebb
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, gained 0.38 percent at 91.697. The S&P 500 dropped 0.2 percent and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.6 percent while the Dow inched up 0.1 percent.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes to Aung San Suu Kyi
As for the prize itself, it is long axiomatic that persons who tend to get it have blood on their hands. Otherwise the whole ceremonial spectacle is an exercise in futility.

This Is How Far Along Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Is
Unfortunately, Catherine is once again suffering from the condition that saw her hospitalised in her previous two pregnancies . Even though Queen Elizabeth has four children herself, everyone else in the royal family only has two children.

Martin Midstream Partners LP (NASDAQ:MMLP) Institutional Investors 2016 Q4 Sentiment
Looking at some alternate time periods, the 12 month price index is 0.98620, the 24 month is 1.07846, and the 36 month is 0.92390. Out of 5 Wall Street analysts rating Martin Midstream Partners LP, 1 give it "Buy", 0 "Sell" rating , while 4 recommend "Hold".

Qatar boycotters dismiss remarks by Kuwaiti emir
"Qatar, Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are all essential U.S. partners in this effort". Qatar hosts a US military base critical to the anti-IS fight in Iraq and Syria.

Hurricane Irma knocks down crane arm in Miami
The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building. Those counterweights could pose a grave threat if any of the cranes are unable to withstand wind and flying debris.

Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav return for first 3 ODIs
In the pace line-up, Shardul Thakur has been dropped and in his place Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have been brought in. Yadav and Shami, who were rested after the Sri Lanka Test series, have been recalled after a break.

3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks
In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. Play Poker While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game.