Google launches new appeal in EU Supreme Court to overturn $ 2.8 billion fine

Google has appealed to the European Union’s Supreme Court against a previous decision to uphold a $ 2.8 billion (€ 2.47 billion) antitrust fine, a spokesman for the Alphabet division said late Thursday. Said it was the company’s second bid to overturn the penalty.

In 2017, EU Competition Commission Margre the Vestager fined the world’s most popular Internet search engine using its own price comparison shopping service, unfair advantage over small European rivals. I got sex.

The proceedings were the first of three decisions in which Google has accumulated $ 9.35 billion (€ 8.25 billion) in fines for EU antitrust violations over the past decade.

In November, the EU’s court of first instance significantly dismissed Google’s objection to the fine, saying the European Commission had correctly determined that its practices were negatively impacting competition.

A Luxembourg judge rejected the company’s allegations that the existence of a merchant platform indicated that there was fierce competition.

A Google spokeswoman said in a statement, “After careful consideration, we thought there were areas that needed legal explanation from the European Court of Justice, so we decided to appeal the decision of the General Court. “.

“Regardless of the complaint, we will continue to invest in remedies that have been successful for several years and will work constructively with the European Commission.”

Court support in November could also strengthen Vestager’s hand in Amazon, Apple, and Facebook investigations.