To the great advantage of European antitrust regulators, Google has lost a complaint seeking to overturn the European Commission’s dishonesty decision, finding that the company used a search engine to promote its comparative buy service while downgrading competitors’ services.
The decision by the European Commission was made in 2017, when the regulator imposed a fine of 2.42 billion euros against Google for the special treatment it provided to its pricing services. At the time, it was the largest fine ever imposed on the European Commission.
The $2.42 billion fine will be the first of three to be released to Google by European Commission EVP Margrethe Vestage, and the last two will be released on Google’s anti-competitive practices on Android and AdSense. Taken together, the three fines total more than 8 billion euros.
As a penalty of 2.42 billion euros, Google has filed complaints with two other fines.
In a Supreme Court decision, the court upheld the European Commission’s decision and fined 2.42 billion euros as it “perceives competition” as Google selects its comparative buy service on its standard results pages by displaying the best position.
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