The EU's competition commission had ruled that Google abused its dominant position to favor its own shopping comparison service in internet searches, ordering the company to stop the practice by September 28. A Google spokesperson confirmed the appeal filed but denied making any further comments. Google has previously said it disagreed with the European Union decision and had indicated it would file an appeal.
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The company was expected to appeal the fine, which was the largest ever penalty issued by the regulator, after saying it had "respectfully disagreed" with the ruling.
The commission's fine of €2,424,495,000 was said to take into account the "duration and gravity of the infringement", and was based on Google's revenue from its comparison shopping service in the 13 countries where the illegality occurred.
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"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules", EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at the time.
While the Google case is not the same as that of Intel, the judgment has been welcomed by companies under European regulatory scrutiny because it raises the bar for the regulator to prove wrongdoing.
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For its part, Google was found guilty of misusing its search engine to promote another service, "Google Shopping", previously known as Google Product Search and Froogle, causing traffic drops of up to 90 percent for its competitors. The first relates to Android, its operating system on a smartphone, and the second AdSense, its advertising network.