Google has replied to antitrust allegations from EU regulators saying that they should not be fined for Antitrust relating to search in Europe because of their willingness to settle the case last year and also because of the unusual nature of the case.
The European Commission accused Google of manipulating search results in Europe to promote their own products.
Google is basically saying that they should not be fined because the provide search for free to users and there is no trading relationship between Google and its users.
“The statement of objections fails to take proper account of the fact that search is provided for free. A finding of abuse of dominance requires a ‘trading relationship’ as confirmed by consistent case law. No trading relationship exists between Google and its users.”
Whether or not the EU regulators will take this into account remains to be seen, if they do decide to fine Google, it could be a massive fine based on the company’s 2014 revenue and this could possibly be as much as $6.6 billion.