US tech giant Google suffered a setback on Wednesday after Europe’s second-highest court dismissed its challenge to an EU antitrust ruling and a 2.42 billion euro ($2.8 billion) fine in a major win for EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager.
Vestager sanctioned the world’s most popular internet search engine in 2017 for favouring its own price-comparison shopping service to give it an unfair advantage against smaller European rivals.
The shopping case was the first of a trio of decisions that have seen Google rack up a total of 8.25 billion euros in EU antitrust fines in the last decade. Vestager afterward took on Amazon, Apple and Facebook, where investigations are nevertheless current.
“The General Court largely dismisses Google’s action against the decision of the Commission finding that Google abused its principal position by favouring its own comparison shopping service over competing comparison shopping sets,” the Court said.
Google can allurement to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU), Europe’s top court, on points of law.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
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