Alphabet’s Google sustains majority of EU Android decision appeal

By Ayushi Garg  | Date: September 19, 2022

Alphabet’s Google sustains majority of EU Android decision appeal

Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC took legal hits on two continents, a major setback in the company's efforts to combat claims that it is exploiting its supremacy in digital advertising and mobile phones.

The General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg confirmed in major part of 2018 ruling by the EU competition watchdog that fined Google USD 4.33 billion for allegedly exploiting the dominance of its android mobile operating system to promote and firmly establish its Google search engine and Chrome browser on mobile devices.

The decision came shortly after a federal judge in the Southern District of New York denied the majority of Google's motion to dismiss the claims brought by a consortium of states led by Texas, insinuating Google misused its dominance in digital advertising tools, allowing the case to continue to the discovery stage and eventually to trial.

The EU verdict came out that Google will almost certainly continue to implement some of the modifications it has taken since the 2018 decision, such as showing EU consumers a choice screen of competing search engines.

Notably, the Android lawsuit was the largest of three antitrust fines against Google by the EU since 2017 totaling more than USD 8 billion, focusing on mobile phones, one of the company's rapidly expanding segments.

The judgment also expressed their trust in the European Commission, the bloc's antitrust disciplinarian committee, which has been active in investigating large U.S. tech companies and other enterprises over anti-competitive behavior allegations.

Additionally, The Commission denied Illumina Inc.'s USD 7.1 billion mergers with cancer-test company Grail Inc., both of which are based in the United States.

In the EU, the court overturned one aspect of the judgment alleging that Google violated competition regulations by offering revenue-sharing payments to manufacturers to solely pre-install Google Search rather than competing search engines. As a result, the court decreased the total penalties by nearly 5% to about USD 4 billion.

Notably, Google stated that it would analyze the verdict before determining whether to appeal to the European Union's highest court, the Court of Justice.

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Currently working as an associate content writer, Ayushi pens down insightful articles for several websites. She began her profession by taking classes in digital marketing to broaden her skills. Given her passion for writing, she took up several freelancing projects ...

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