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Google's competition cases in Europe

18 July 2018

Record fine

EU antitrust regulators hand down a €4.34 billion fine to Google after a three-year long investigation. 

 

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18 July 2018
27 June 2017

Shopping fine

EU fines Google €2.4 billion for thwarting rivals of shopping comparison websites.

27 June 2017
14 July 2016

AdSense charge

The EU sets out another charge against Google's shopping service. It also accuses the company of preventing third parties using its Adsense product from displaying search advertisements from Google's competitors - a third case against the company.

14 July 2016
20 April 2106

Charge sheet sent out

EU sends a charge sheet to Google outlining the company's anti-competitive practices with regard to Android smartphone makers and apps makers.

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20 April 2106
15 April 2015

Android probe begins

EU opens investigation into Google's Android smartphone operating system, while the EU also charges Google with blocking competitors of its shopping service.

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15 April 2015
September 2014

Almunia not able to wrap up Google case

Joaquin Almunia, European Competition Commissioner at that time, says he will not be able to wrap up the Google case before his mandate ends in October. 

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September 2014
May 2014

Feedback 'crucial'

Commissioner Almunia said feedback from complainants will be crucial to determining whether he accepts Google's concessions.

May 2014
February 2014

Google improvements

Google improves its concessions related to online search

February 2014
2013

Fairsearch files complaint

Lobbying group FairSearch files a complaint about Google's Android business practices to the European Commission.

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2013
25 April 2013

EU seeks feedback from rivals and users to Google's concessions.

25 April 2013
3 April 2013

Concessions

Google offers concessions related to online search and its AdSense advertising network to address EU competition concerns, without admitting wrongdoing.

3 April 2013
30 November 2010

European Commission opens investigation into allegations that Google has abused its dominant position in online searches following 18 complaints.

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30 November 2010
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