Google Search (Shopping) (AT.39740) [Archived]

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Google Search (Shopping) (AT.39740) [Archived]

CASE HUB (Note—appeal lodged by Google at the General Court in Case T- 612/17)

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 27 June 2017; it is no longer maintained.

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OutlineEuropean Commission Article 102 TFEU investigation into Google in relation to search for online shopping (case number AT.39740).

Latest developmentsOn 27 June 2017, the Commission adopted an infringement decision finding that Google abused its dominant position in markets for online search by giving an illegal advantage to its online shopping comparison service (currently called ‘Google Shopping’). The Commission found that Google’s actions impeded the ability of other shopping comparison services, some of which were established when Google entered the market, to compete effectively and to innovate. The Commission imposed a fine of €2,424,495,000 on Google (the second largest antitrust fine imposed on an undertaking by the Commission) and ordered Google to stop the conduct in question within 90 days.

The Commission has ordered Google to stop the conduct identified as being illegal within 90 days; in particular Google should give equal treatment to competing comparison shopping services and its own service.  Google should apply the same processes and methods to position and display rival comparison shopping services in Google's search results pages as it

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