Por Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google on Monday asked Europe’s second-largest court to waive a €1.49 billion ($1.6 billion) fine imposed by EU antitrust regulators. European Union (EU) three years ago.
The company is accused of undermining rivals in the online search advertising space.
The case is one of three that resulted in a total of €8.25 billion in EU antitrust fines against Google.
The European Commission, in its 2019 decision, said that Google abused its domain to prevent websites from using exchanges other than its AdSense platform – a tool that delivers ads on search engines. The Commission said the illegal practices took place from 2006 to 2016.
Google later challenged the EU’s finding in the Luxembourg-based General Court. The company will present its case during a three-day hearing starting Monday.
The EU competition body’s assessment of Google’s dominance and the Commission’s decision that search ads and non-search ads do not compete with each other were wrong, Google said in a court filing.
Google suffered a setback last year when it lost a lawsuit against a €2.42 billion antitrust ruling over using its own price comparison service to gain an unfair advantage over smaller European rivals.
(Por Foo Yun Chee)