Google appeals $2.7 billion European Union fine

"Instead, Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors", she said.

The EU hit Google with the record fine - which broke the previous EU record for a monopoly case, against USA chipmaker Intel of 1.06 billion euros in 2009 - in June for illegally favoring its shopping service in search results.

The company has submitted plans on how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service and these are now being reviewed by Brussels.

A court battle between Brussels and Google could take years to resolve and adds to an increasingly bitter row between the U.S. giant and European countries.

The EU hit Google with the record fine in June for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results, giving the company 90 days to comply or face further fines.

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Last week, EU officials said a plan that Google recently filed to comply with European regulations appeared to be a step "in the right direction".

It was the biggest fine ever handed to a single company in an European Union anti-trust case, beating a almost €1.1bn penalty that U.S. chipmaker Intel was forced to pay back in 2009.

Meanwhile, last week, the EU's highest court backed Intel Corp.'s (INTC) appeal of a €1.06 billion antitrust fine from 2009.

At the time of the ruling, Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said Google's strategy for attracting customers to its online shopping service was not just about being better than rivals.

Regulators are also expected to levy fines in separate investigations into Google's Android mobile-phone software - possibly as soon as next month - and the AdSense advertising service.

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