Google braces itself for £4bn fine as Europe prepares to file anti-competition lawsuit against the internet giant

Google is facing a fine of up to £4billion as Europe prepares to file a high-profile anti-competition lawsuit against the internet giant.

The EU has been investigating the US search engine for five years following complaints that it abuses its dominance in the continent – but proceedings have stalled on three previous occasions.

Now the European Commission, the EU’s top antitrust authority, is asking companies who previously filed confidential complaints against Google for permission to publish them, so that officials can begin to build a case against the firm.

If found to have been behaving unfairly, Google could be fined ten per cent of its annual revenues, which would be more than £4 billion based on last year’s performance…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    These sorts of things are so tough to figure out.
    Europeans tend to look toward successful American companies as a ‘cash cows’ ripe for the milking, while I firmly believe Google is 100% evil.
    Can’t they both lose?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I hope you pronounce it Joojull like I do.
      Kinda like Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap pronounces .org dot orj.

  • Alain

    I am no fan of Google, but why exactly do the Europeans insist on using it instead of developing their own search engine? It smacks to the smell of easy shake-down for free money. I put it on the same level as governments suing tobacco companies while tobacco remains a legal product. It is like paying organised crime for protection.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They are no different than Al Sharpton.

  • andycanuck

    Maybe the Chinese will bail their buddies out?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    For anyone here STILL using Google, switch to Bing, collect the reward points, and then get free stuff at Amazon, or wherever!

    Try it!
    After a few weeks of trying it, you would have to pay me (more) to go back to Google.

    • Frau Katze

      It says “this feature is not available in your country.” Must be US-only. We’re second class here in Canada.

      Been that way for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, comic book would have these cool offers, but they were rarely available in Canada (pre-NAFTA).

  • Clausewitz

    This is a case where I wished both parties could lose.

  • bob e

    ha ha ha !!! if you use each browser equally, you get to attend the tech gang-shag fest at the white house. you may really get to screw
    barry o’fraud ..

    who according to his connecticut soc sec application of 1890,
    is the oldest man in the world ..

    ** An oldest woman in the world , born in 1898, passes away. Nobody is talking about the fact that Obama’s Social Security application shows him being born in 1890. So far no judge or prosecutor had courage to take on this issue **
    ** World’s Oldest Person Dies At 117 Daily Caller – ‎30 minutes ago‎ The oldest person in the world passed away Wednesday morning of natural causes. Misao Okawa of Japan was 117-years old. Okawa, who was born on March 5, 1898, celebrated her 117th birthday a little less than a month ago. Evidence of forgery, fabrication, fraud and identity theft in Obama’s IDs ** / by… / 1d hide // save