EU: Google challenges record US$5b antitrust fine

Alphabet unit Google has challenged a record US$5 billion fine imposed by European Union antitrust regulators three months ago for using its popular Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals, reported the Wall Street Journal.

“We have now filed our appeal of the EC’s Android decision at the General Court of the EU,” Google said in an email. It had previously said it would take the case to Europe’s second highest court in Luxembourg, quoted Reuters.

EU competition enforcers had said Google’s illegal practices included forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser together with its Google Play app store on their Android devices,

The EU antitrust authorities said the company also paid manufacturers to pre-install only Google Search and blocked them from using rival Android systems.

Full Content: The Wall Street Journal

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