Google Loses Appeal Of 2.35 Billion Euro Antitrust Penalty in Europe

Google (GOOGL) has lost an appeal of a fine of 2.35 billion Euros ($2.8 billion) imposed on it for antitrust violations in Europe last year. European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a…

Google Loses Appeal Of 2.35 Billion Euro Antitrust Penalty in Europe

Google (GOOGL) has lost an appeal of a fine of 2.35 billion Euros ($2.8 billion) imposed on it for antitrust violations in Europe last year. European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement today that “Google has failed to meet its obligations, even when acting in good faith”.

The EU fined Google nearly twice as much for antitrust violations as it fined Microsoft (MSFT) for abuses of its dominant position a decade ago. The company was accused of gating search traffic from rivals and blocking them from key Google displays. Google said it would appeal the decision in court and will “work to address the concerns in question”.

Google faces a separate EU antitrust decision next week on whether it will have to fix its Android operating system to prevent smartphone makers from placing unofficial versions and apps on their devices.

The case is separate from the U.S. Justice Department probe over allegations that Google was restricting shopping listings in its search engine and blocked advertisers from switching to rival platforms. It was referred to the department in late 2016.

Google has repeatedly denied those allegations.

This article originally appeared on MarketWatch.com.

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