Google faces the prospect of a record-breaking fine of over €1bn from the European Union following an investigation into the web giant's market dominance and the way it operates.
A verdict on the first of three antitrust investigations into Google, due in the coming weeks, is expected to say the company has abused its power in the search market to favor its own Google Shopping service, according to the Financial Times.
In line with EU guidelines, the fine could potentially be priced at 10 percent of Google parent company Alphabet's annual revenue, which came to $90bn last year.
The antitrust investigation into Google's practices has been going for seven years and tensions between the US company and the European Union are high. In blog post written last November, Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, said the EU's case 'lacks evidence' and the claims against the company are wrong.
Google is highly likely to appeal against the decision, in a move that will extend the case for years to come. The European Commission is also examining whether Google unfairly bans competitors from websites that use its search and advertising services. Meanwhile a third case is investigating how Google limits phone providers that use its Android operating system and its Google Play app store.
Google is far from the only US tech giant to face EU antitrust investigations over its practices; Intel, Apple, Facebook and Amazon have also been investigated over a range of antitrust issues.