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Google launches appeal against US$2.7b EU fine

Nearly three months after the EU hit it with a €2.42 billion (US$2.7 billion) fine, Google has launched an appeal against it in the General Court, Europe's second-highest court.

The search giant was fined for allegedly abusing its search engine dominance to give illegal advantage to its own comparison shopping service. It was given a date of 28 September for paying the fine.

Reuters reported that several years were expected to pas before the Luxembourg-based court decided on the appeal.

It said a court spokesman had confirmed that Google had not asked for a temporary stay on the EU decision.

Late last month, Google said it would be adjusting its search methods to comply with the EU's demands and not give illegal advantage to its own comparison shopping service. 

The company's statement came on 29 August, the deadline it had been given for telling the EU how it planned to comply with the demands.

No detail was offered about the Google plan.

At the time of announcing the fine, the EU told Google to end its behaviour within 90 days or else face penalties of up to 5% of the daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, its parent company.

Reuters quoted Thomas Vinje, a lawyer from Fair Search, a lobby group whose members include Google rivals such as Found em and Trip Advisor, as saying: "The Commission’s decision stands on firm ground, both legally and factually, and we expect the Commission to win on appeal.”

The Google decision to appeal against the fine comes after the EU Court of Justice told a lower court last week to re-examine an appeal by Intel against a €1.06 billion anti-trust fine which was levied on the company in 2009.

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