Google launches appeal against 2.4-b euro EU fine

Google launched Monday a legal challenge against a record $ 2.4 billion fine imposed by European human rights authorities to promote its own purchasing department, appealing to the court of the EU in Luxembourg.

The movement puts in place a legal battle between Brussels and the Internet giant that could take years to resolve and make already tense relations between Europe and the US computer giant even heavier.

EU hit Google with record fine in June to illegally favor its purchase service in search results, giving the company 90 days to comply or face to other fines.

A spokesman for the Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed to the AFP that the appeal had been submitted.

The introduction of the appeal does not suspend the fine, which means that Google is still obligated to pay, although it can put the money into an account blocked until the decision is made.

Along with the call, Google announced last week at the EU that it would try to meet the requirements of the EU decision.

In an interview with AFP, Margrethe Vestager, Europe 's antitrust official, said a week ago, said that part of the proposal " in the right direction "but could only be judged once.

This raised the hope that Google might choose a more conciliatory route with the EU, but the attractiveness is likely to have even more problems.

A Google spokesman confirmed Monday that he had filed the appeal, but said the company no longer had any comments to make. The legal battle extends the already seven – year struggle with the EU, including a setback, that could affect crucial elements of Google 's business model.

The fine on Google Shopping broke the previous record of the European Union for a monopoly case against the US Intel chipmaker of 1.06 billion euros in 2009 and made the " The world leader in regulating the Silicon Valley giants.

Brussels accuses Google of giving its own service too high priority in search results at the expense of other price comparison services, such as TripAdvisor and Expedia.

The verdict came less than a year after Vestager shocked Washington and the world with a command that Apple iPhone maker would pay back 13 billion euros in taxes back to Ireland – against the wishes of Dublin.

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