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European Commission fines Google €2.42 billion for antitrust violations

Jaclyn Jaeger | June 28, 2017

The European Union’s antitrust watchdog this week fined Google a record €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules.

“Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service,” the European Commission stated.

Among the European Commission’s allegations:

  • Google has systematically given prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service: When a consumer enters a query into the Google search engine in relation to which Google’s comparison shopping service wants to show results, these are displayed at or near the top of the search results.
  • Google has demoted rival comparison shopping services in its search results: Rival comparison shopping services appear in Google’s search results on the basis of Google’s generic search algorithms. Google has...
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