Google execs brace for possible record A$1.6b EU antitrust fine

Posted in: Government & Policy at 13/06/2017 23:25

Google's lawyers and lobbyists are preparing in Brussels to defend the company against what may be a record EU antitrust fine.

A penalty in the shopping-search probe could come within weeks and many expect it to exceed a $US1.2 billion fine ($1.6 billion) on Intel  in 2009.

That would be another show of strength by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who slapped Apple with a €13 billion ($19.4 billion) tax bill in August. Google is a top priority case for her as European politicians and publishers push for action against the Mountain View, California-based company that's come to dominate online advertising.

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