Google Faces $4.1 Billion Lawsuit Against EU’s Record Antitrust Fine Over Illegal App Bundling Practices

Faces $4.1 Billion Fine Against EU Record Antitrust Lawsuit

Faces $4.1 Billion Lawsuit Against EU’s Record Antitrust Fine Over Illegal App Bundling Practices

BY Ronil

Published 14 Sep 2022

2018 saw the EU hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion fine ($4.3 billion). Today, the European Union’s second-highest Court upheld the record fine against Google over “unlawful restrictions” on phone manufacturers. This morning, the EU’s General Court announced that it “largely confirms” the ruling and reduced the fine to €4.1 billion ($4.1 billion) after finding flaws in the regulator’s analysis. 

According to a Bloomberg report, the EU said abused its market dominance by preventing OEMs to pre-install apps from running “alternative versions of not approved by Google.” Further, manufacturers were required to pre-install Google’s Search and Chrome apps alongside the Play Store. Lastly, Google also paid manufacturers and operators to exclusively install Google search on smartphones as part of a revenue-sharing scheme.

However, the courts found that accusation of Google’s revenue-sharing schemes with smartphone manufacturers was not backed by enough evidence and thus reduced the fine to €4.1 billion ($4.1 billion).

Google argued that the EU was unreasonably oblivious to ’s authority, which imposes its services like Safari on iPhones. Google also argued that customers were not forced to use its browser on and that downloading other browsers was merely a click away.

After today’s General Court decision, Google has one more opportunity to challenge this ruling before the Court of Justice, the top Court in the Union. However, Google has to wait two months and ten days before filing another appeal.

In an emailed statement, Google said: “We are disappointed that the Court did not annul the decision in full. has created more choice for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world.”

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