Google on Monday appealed the record $2.9 billion antitrust fine it got slapped with this summer by European regulators over manipulating its Internet search results.
The Commission ordered Google to stop its practice of promoting its own shopping comparison service above rivals by 28 September.
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. A Google spokesperson confirmed the appeal filed but denied making any further comments.
The Commission is reviewing its Google Shopping decision in light of the ECJ's Intel ruling, according to Reuters. The fine broke the previous European Union record of €1.06 billion for a monopoly case, against U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009.
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The EU competition enforcer will defend its decision in court, a spokesman said.
The consideration of this appeal should take at least a year and a half, and given the complexity of the case, rather two years, has there shown to the Court of justice of the EU.
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.
Brussels had accused Google of giving more preference to its own services in the search results to the determinant of other price comparison sites, such as TripAdvisor and Expedia. Margrethe Vestager, the EU's antitrust chief, has also threatened further probes on travel or map services. These concern the contracts for its AdSense advertising service and the licensing of its Android mobile phone operating system.