Google begins European Union showdown to appeal £2.2bn record fine

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.

Google on Monday appealed the record $2.9 billion antitrust fine it got slapped with this summer by European regulators over manipulating its Internet search results.

When reached by TechCrunch for comment a Google's spokesman declined to confirm whether it would be complying with the Commission's antitrust order while it pursues a legal challenge - or to answer any questions.

The company has submitted plans on how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service and these are now being reviewed by Brussels. The tribunal's press service said Google hadn't asked the court to suspend an European Union order for it to change how it displays shopping-search services before it rules on the challenge.

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.

It's no surprise, particularly after Intel's successful appeal last week bounced the Commissions case back down to the lower court.

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.

European regulators are also expected to levy further fines in separate cases over Google's Android smartphone software and its AdSense advertising business as early as next month.

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