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EU court upholds antitrust ruling against Google but reduces fine

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The European Union’s General Court on Wednesday upheld an antitrust ruling against Google parent Alphabet but reduced its fine to 4.125 billion euros ($4.12 billion) from 4.34 billion euros.

The dispute between Google and EU courts over whether it uses the Android operating system to stifle competition was launched against the company in 2015.

The court said it “largely upholds the European Commission’s decision that Google imposed illegal restrictions on Android mobile device manufacturers and mobile network operators to consolidate its search engine’s dominant position.”

The an initial fine was issued by the European Commission in 2018 and was the largest ever received by Google. It said around 80% of Europeans use Android and that Google gave its apps such as Chrome and Search an unfair advantage by forcing smartphone markets to pre-install them bundled with its Play app store.

On Wednesday judgmentThe tribunal said the new fine was “proportionate having regard to the seriousness of the infringement”.

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