Google lost its appeal in EU court for $ 2.8 billion fine

The European Court of General Jurisdiction in Luxembourg upheld the decision of the European Commission and a fine of € 2.4 billion ($ 2.8 billion) for violating antitrust laws, writes the Financial Times.

The court ruled that the company abused its position to the detriment of competitors, thereby violating the rules of competition by giving advantages to its own shopping service.

The penalty against Google is a personal victory of the European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, FT specifies. She inherited the investigation against the American company from her predecessor, Joaquin Almunia, who twice refused to rule against the American company, in 2013 and 2014. Vestager brought charges against Google shortly after taking office as European Commissioner. She stated that Google has consistently prioritized its search engine Google Shopping.

The European Commission imposed a record fine of € 2.4 billion on Google in 2017, then the company challenged this decision, disagreeing with him. Google is also contesting two more multi-billion dollar fines for alleged anti-competitive behavior. He was accused of abusing his dominant position in the Android operating system and allegedly forcing users to use its services instead of competitors, and was fined 1.5 billion euros for blocking competitors in the online advertising market.

European regulators have been scrutinizing the activities of Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon since 2000 for possible antitrust violations.

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