Google Appeals Record 2.4 Billion Euro Fine

Google Appeals Record 2.4 Billion Euro Fine

But Google's "fix" - which turned search placements into a pay-to-play auction - appalled critics.

The European Commission had found that Google's shopping service had seen traffic jump 45-fold in the United Kingdom when it began to abuse its dominance.

Google said it had no further comment.

Google has not asked for an interim order to suspend the European Union decision, a court spokesperson told Reuters.

The fine was the largest penalty ever issued by the regulator, which also said the firm could face more fines if it continued its practices. Previously it had stated that it "respectfully" disagreed with the Commission's decision.

The Luxembourg-based general court, Europe's second-highest, is expected to take several years before ruling on Google's appeal, which had been widely expected.

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"The commission will defend its decision in court", a spokesperson for the commission said.

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered a lower tribunal last week to re-examine USA chipmaker Intel's appeal against a 1.06 billion euro fine, a rare setback for the Commission.

"Instead, Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors", she said.

The fine over Google Shopping broke the previous European Union record for a monopoly case against U.S. chipmaker Intel of 1.06 billion euros in 2009 and made the EU the global leader in regulating Silicon Valley giants.

The EU is now also investigating whether Google tried to squeeze out its rivals in online search advertising and through its Android mobile operating system.