Google moves NCLAT over Rs 120-cr antitrust fine

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The penalty is said to be 5% of the total revenue generated by the company from its operations in India via different segments and was imposed on the basis of complaints filed by companies such as Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) against Google LLC, Google India Pvt.

Internet search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against a judgement by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the USA firm guilty of "search bias".

"We disagree with aspects of the CCI's decision, so we have filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings", a Google spokesman told Reuters.

Google has filed the appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

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In February, India's CCI or Competition Commission of India imposed a fine of 1.36 billion rupees equal to $20.95 million on Google. The top watchdog said Google abused its dominance in the online web search, and online search advertising markets.

Secondly, what the company claimed to be "universal results" before 2010 was based on Google's preference rather than on what was actually relevant.

In its judgement of 190 pages, the CCI said that Google had found to be taking part in search bias and because of doing so, had caused much harm to its fellow competitors as well as all those who use the search service.

In its verdict, the CCI said Google had abused its market power through its search design by placing its commercial flight search function at a prominent position on the search results page.

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Thirdly, the CCI said that the prohibitions imposed on publishers under the negotiated search intermediation agreements were found to be unfair for restricting their choice of partners. "We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps".

Since Google has appealed the judgement, it could be until sometime in 2018 before the final outcome its determined.

"We have always focused on innovating to support the evolving needs of our users". It noted the order indicated that on the majority of issues the CCI examined, Google's conduct complied with Indian competition laws.

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