Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Google Ordered to Pay €4.1 billion fine After Losing Appeal


A top European court has fined it 4.125 billion euros ($4.13 billion) for using its Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals.

Google had challenged an earlier ruling, but the decision was broadly upheld by Europe’s second-highest court in Wednesday’s ruling and the fine was reduced from 4.34 billion euros.

The court upheld the charge that initially claimed Google was making phone makers pre-install the Chrome browser and Search app as a part of a revenue-sharing scheme. The ruling also disagreed that sharing revenue is also part of the original abuse, leading to the reduction of the fine.

Google can appeal again to the Court of Justice in Luxembourg. A statement from the company said Android “has created more choices for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world”.

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