In the dispute over a multi-billion dollar competition penalty, Google received a defeat in court. The EU court has confirmed the EU Commission’s 2.42 billion fine.
The court of the EU has confirmed a competition fine of the EU commission in the amount of 2.42 billion euros at the expense of the US company. The judges in Luxembourg announced on Wednesday. The court found that Google preferred its own shopping comparison service over competing services. An appeal can still be lodged with the European Court of Justice against the judgment.
Google is said to have gained advantages
Specifically, the Commission accuses the Internet giant of having given its price comparison service Google Shopping an unlawful advantage. The group has “abused its dominant position as a search engine operator by placing its own price comparison service at the top of its search results and downgrading comparison services of the competition,” said the EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is still responsible for competition today the decision from Brussels, however, “legally, factually and economically” wrong.
First judgment, further litigation
It is the first judgment in a series of legal disputes between the EU Commission responsible for competition in the European Union and the US group. Since 2017, the Brussels authority has imposed several penalties on Google, some of them historic. So far, the three EU competition fines for Google add up to more than eight billion euros.
For example, due to the competitive situation with the most widely used smartphone system in the world – Android – the record fine of 4.34 billion euros was due in 2018. Eight months later, 1.49 billion euros were added because, from the Commission’s point of view, Google had inadmissibly hindered other providers in search engine advertising in the “AdSense for Search” service. The tech group is also taking legal action against the other two penalties.
Source: DIGITAL FERNSEHEN by www.digitalfernsehen.de.
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