Google Urges Court to Drop $1.6 Billion EU Antitrust Fine

BRUSSELS, May 2 (Reuters) – Alphabet Unit Google (GOOGL.O) urged Europe’s second-highest court on Monday to dismiss a 1.49 billion euro ($1.6 billion) fine imposed by antitrust regulators from the EU three years ago for hampering rivals in online search advertising.

The case is one of three that have resulted in a total of €8.25 billion in antitrust fines from the European Union on the world’s most popular internet search engine.

In its 2019 ruling, the European Commission said Google abused its dominant position to prevent websites from using brokers other than its AdSense platform that provided search ads. The Commission said the illegal practices occurred from 2006 to 2016.

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Google later challenged the EU’s finding before the Luxembourg Court. The company will present its case at a three-day hearing starting Monday.

The EU competition authority’s assessment of Google’s dominance and the Commission’s decision that search ads and non-search ads do not compete were wrong, said Google said in a court document.

She also criticized the Commission for saying the company’s exclusivity, premium placement and minimum google ad clauses were unfair.

Google suffered a setback last year when it lost its lawsuit against a 2.42 billion euro antitrust ruling over the use of its own comparison shopping service to gain an unfair advantage over its larger European rivals. small.

The AdSense case is T-334/19.

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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee
Edited by Mark Potter

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