The Court of General Jurisdiction of the European Union dismissed Google’s appeal against a fine imposed by the European Commission in 2018 for violating antitrust laws by imposing “illegal restrictions” on Android phone makers to promote its mobile search engine.
The court upheld the vast majority of the European Commission’s arguments, but reduced the fine to €4.1 billion on the grounds that Google’s revenue-sharing schemes with manufacturers were not evidence of abuse of its market dominance, and that the company’s right to a fair the trial was partially disrupted.
“The EU Court of General Jurisdiction largely upholds the panel’s ruling that Google imposed unlawful restrictions on Android mobile device manufacturers and mobile network operators in order to reinforce its search engine’s dominance,” the Luxembourg-based EU court said in a statement ( quote by Bloomberg).
This confirmation of the European Commission is a serious blow to Google and strengthens the position of the EU antitrust regulator, headed by Executive Vice President Margaret Vestager (Margrethe Vestager).
However, Google retains the right to challenge the decision again, this time to the bloc’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union. Google will be able to appeal the decision of the European Court of General Jurisdiction in two months and ten days.
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