Google’s claim against $8,000 fine by Russian antimonopoly watchdog to be heard in April
MOSCOW, March 20 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Commercial Court has set the examination of a lawsuit Google Ireland Limited initiated to abolish a 500,000 rubles ($8,000) fine imposed on it by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) on April 3, the court records read on Monday.
Google petitions the court to overrule the FAS decision of November 2016 to prosecute the corporation for its failure to comply with the agency’s order.
Earlier, the Moscow Commercial Court postponed the examination of a lawsuit Google filed against a 438 million rubles ($6.7 million) fine imposed by FAS until April 4.
The watchdog held that Google Ireland Ltd. and Google Inc. had violated anti-monopoly law by abusing their dominance on the Russian market of mobile applications.
The Moscow City Court dismissed a lawsuit against the watchdog in March 2016. The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling. In early August, FAS announced that it had fined Google 438 million rubles ($6.7 million) for violating administrative legislation.
On September 18, 2015, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) found Google guilty of violation the legislation.
On November 2, the watchdog fined the companies 500,000 rubles ($8,000) each for their failure to comply with its order.
On November 30, FAS announced that it had filed a lawsuit with a commercial court against Google, forcing it to follow the order.
Yet in September, Igor Artemyev, the Head of FAS, stated that the agency was ready to fine Google every two weeks if the company failed to comply with the order.
“In case we see the process is dragged out, we will meet every two weeks to impose new fines on them for failing to comply with the order,” Artemyev said. “It will continue until the final victory [is achieved - ed.] and final court judgement [is passed - ed.],” according to Artemyev.