Record fine for Google: Gide, counsel to Twenga, one of the complainants
28 June 2017
Deals | Brussels | Competition & International Trade
The European Commission imposed on 27 June 2017 a record fine of €2.42 billion to Google for abusing its dominant position in general internet search by giving prominent placement only to its own comparison shopping service while demoting competitors.
Partner Laurent Godfroid and counsel Ségolène Pelsy from Gide have been representing formal complainant Twenga, a shopping comparison engine, since the opening of that investigation 7 years ago.
Both Gide and Twenga consider that it is a very good decision, which will restore competition on the merits on that market, for the benefit of consumers.
The Commission indeed ordered Google to apply the same processes and methods to position and display rival comparison shopping services in Google's search results pages as it gives to its own comparison shopping service.
If Google fails to comply with the Commission's Decision, it would will be liable for non-compliance payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google's parent company.
Gide and Twenga are confident that the European Commission will prevail on the law and the facts in any appeal that Google will most likely file to contest that decision.