Google lost the battle: the European Court fined it a record 4.1 billion EUR
A European court fined Google $4.125 billion for using its Android operating system to thwart rivals and cement its search engine’s dominant position.
This is a record fine for violating antitrust laws.
The General Court largely upholds the Commission’s decision that Google imposed illegal restrictions on Android mobile device manufacturers and mobile network operators in order to strengthen the dominant position of its search engine, according to the ruling.
How did Google break the rules?
Google is said to have broken its own laws by forcing Android phone makers to port its search and web browser apps to access the Google Play Store in 2018.
Google has since changed the terms.
The company said it was “disappointed” with the verdict, they report Media.
The judges believe that the penalty of 4.125 billion euros is appropriate, while their reasoning differs in certain aspects from the Commission’s reasoning. Compared to the original sentence, the sentence was reduced by 5 percent due to a dispute over one point.
Google said on that occasion that it behaves like countless other companies and that such agreements help to keep Android free, and that the EU’s decision “is not in line with the economic reality of mobile platforms”.
“We are disappointed that the Court did not overturn the decision completely. Android has created more choices for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world,” said a Google representative.
The ruling is also a boost for EU antitrust chief Margret Vestager, after failures in cases involving other tech giants such as Intel and Qualcomm.
The “Android” case is the third Vestager has brought against Google.
The giant is also challenging a 2017 €2.4 billion fine also related to abuse of power, as well as a 2019 “heavy” $1.5 billion fine for “abusive practices in online advertising.”
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Source: BIZlife by bizlife.rs.
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