Google Appeals EU’s $8bn Antitrust Penalty
Google appeared before a top European Union court on Monday in an attempt to reverse a record $8 billion antitrust fine.
According to Gatekeepers News, the internet giant is appealing a 2018 ruling by the EU’s executive Commission, the bloc’s main antitrust regulator.
The judgement resulted in a punishment of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) for suffocating competition through its Android operating system dominance. Between 2017 and 2019, the commission smacked Google with three antitrust penalties totaling more than $8 billion.
Others concentrated on commerce and search, but Google is appealing to all three.
In its original ruling, the EU said that Google’s policies impede competition and limit customer choice, but the California corporation countered that the free and open-source Android operating system had resulted in lower-cost phones and increased competition with its primary rival, Apple.