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Google uses latest EU Intel court ruling as basis for antitrust appeal

by on12 September 2017

US companies must not pay for their anti-trust antics 

As might be expected, the EU court ruling which could be seen as favourable to Intel has lead to an appeal by Google.

The reason is that if Intel is allowed to weasel out of its antitrust fine then Google should be allowed to do the same.

Google is appealing against its record 2.4 billion euro EU antitrust fine, thinking that its chances of success are boosted by Intel’s partial victory last week against another EU sanction.

The European Commission fined Google for abusing its dominance in Europe by giving prominent placement in searches to its comparison shopping service and demoting rival offerings.

The Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second highest, is expected to take several years before ruling on the appeal.

A court spokeswoman said Google had not asked for an interim order to suspend the European Union decision.

The Commission, which ordered Google to stop the practice by September 28, is reviewing Google’s proposal on how it would comply with the EU decision.

The EU competition watchdog will defend its decision in court, a spokesman said.

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered a lower tribunal last week to re-examine U.S. chipmaker Intel’s appeal against a 1.06 billion euro fine, a rare setback for the Commission. It said it wanted to give some weight to Intel’s case that its antitrust antics might not have hurt AMD as much as it thought and the fine could be reduced.

The Google case differs from Intel‘s, but the judgment has been welcomed by companies under EU scrutiny because it raises the bar for the regulator to prove wrongdoing.

Last modified on 12 September 2017
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