The European Commission fined Alphabet's (GOOGL) - Get Report Google approximately $2.7 billion on Monday, June 27 for violating European anti-trust rules, alleging that the internet giant has been using its search service to illegally prioritize its own shopping-comparison site. Here are some of the largest anti-trust cases in the European Commission's history.
F. Hoffmann-La Roche - $434 million
After the seedy vitamin criminal underworld was exposed in the late 1990s, pharmaceutical giant F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd took the largest hit from European Commission regulators. The commission found that 13 companies colluded to eliminate competition for vitamin A, E, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, D3, and other vitamins. "A striking feature of this complex of infringements was the central role played by Hoffmann-La Roche and BASF, the two main vitamin producers, in virtually each and every cartel, whilst other players were involved in only a limited number of vitamin products," the commission said at the time.