October 4, 2022
EU court upholds antitrust ruling against Google, but reduces fines

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The European Union’s General Court on Wednesday upheld an antitrust ruling against Google’s parent company Alphabet, but reduced its fine from 4.34 billion euros to 4.125 billion euros ($4.12 billion).

The dispute between Google and the European Union courts over whether it uses the Android operating system to eliminate competition, and against the company was initiated in 2015.

The court said it “substantially confirms the decision of the European Commission that Google imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators in order to strengthen its search engine dominant position.”

The initial fine was issued by the European Commission in 2018 and was the largest fine Google has ever received. It said about 80% of Europeans use Android and that Google gave its apps like Chrome and Search an unfair advantage by forcing smartphone markets to pre-install them bundled with its app store, Play.

in wednesday HolocaustThe General Court said the new penalty was “justified in view of the significance of the breach.”

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