Google loses court challenge against EU antitrust ruling

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LUXEMBOURG, Nov 10 (Businesshala) – Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google suffered a setback on Wednesday when Europe’s second-highest court ruled in a major victory for the European Union an EU antitrust decision and 2.42 billion euros (2.8 billion euros). Dollars) fined the challenge. Competition chief Margaret Vestager.

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Vestager cleared the world’s most popular Internet search engine in 2017 in favor of its price-comparison shopping service to give it an unfair advantage against smaller European rivals.

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The purchase case was the first of three decisions that have seen Google rack up a total of 8.25 billion euros in EU antitrust fines over the past decade. Vestager later took on Amazon, Apple and Facebook, where the investigation is still ongoing.

The Court said, “The General Court substantially overruled Google’s action against the Commission’s decision, which found that Google had abused its dominant position in favor of its comparison shopping service in favor of comparison shopping services.” ,” said the court.

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Google can appeal to the European Union’s Court of Justice (CJEU), Europe’s top court, on issues of law.

Case T-612/17 Google and Alphabet v Commission (Google Shopping).

($1 = 0.8648 Euro)

Reporting by Francois Aulner, Writing by Fu Yun Chi, Editing by Catherine Evanso

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