Google appeals to EU’s highest court over $2.7 billion antitrust fine

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Google is filing a last resort against a $2.7 billion European Union (EU) antitrust fine, prolonging the legal battle against the company.

Alphabet’s search engine said on Thursday it was appealing to the European Court of Justice, the bloc’s highest court, to overturn a 2017 fine related to its shopping ad service after losing your appeal in a lower court.

In this case, there is a legal precedent that is the focus of intense global analysis: whether or not the largest internet platforms have a special responsibility to avoid favoring their own internal products and services over those offered by competitors.

In November, the EU’s General Court, its second highest court, largely upheld the original ruling, saying that Google had “steered away from competition on merit”.

In Thursday’s new appeal, filed just before the deadline, Google argues that the General Court went beyond EU legal precedent and revised its reasoning of the antitrust ruling.

“We feel that there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,” a company spokeswoman said.

The European Commission, also through a spokeswoman, said that the body “will defend its case in court”.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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