Google protests $2.6bn European Union fine:
Google has blasted what it sees as an eye-catching 2.4 billion euro ($2.6bn) European Union antitrust fine, prompting a judge to ask how a financially buoyant company can miss a relatively small amount. Reports have said that the disagreements are a sign of the mountains ahead for Google, with 2 other issues against EU antitrust enforcers to also be deliberated on very soon.
Google’s lawyer, Christopher Thomas told judges, “2.4 billion euros is an eye-catching amount, it might attract the headlines but it is not justified by the actual facts of this case. Credit should be given for Google’s good faith attempts to find a solution to the Commission’s concerns with its three commitments offers and the almost nine months engineering effort spent building that solution provisionally agreed with the Commission.”
Irish judge Colm Mac Eochaidh, asked, “You are one of the richest companies in the world, Would you miss the 2.4 euros?”
The case is T-612/17 Google and Alphabet v Commission.