Google loses key appeal against €2.4 billion EU shopping antitrust case

Google loses key appeal against €2.4 billion EU shopping antitrust case


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The EU’s second-most senior court, the General Court, has upheld a 2017 ruling by the European Commission which found that Google broke antitrust law in how it used its search engine to promote its shopping comparison service and demote those of its rivals.

Google and its parent company Alphabet appealed the decision, but the General Court said today it had dismissed that appeal and upheld a fine of €2.4 billion ($2.8 billion). Google and Alphabet will now be able to appeal to the EU’s highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

This outcome is significant as it strengthens antitrust arguments made by the EU’s influential competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager against US tech firms. In addition to this shopping comparison…

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