- Title: Google fights record 5 billion dollar fine in EU court
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS WITH GOOGLE SIGNAGE
- Embargoed: 11th October 2021 11:59
- Keywords: Alphabet Court of Justice of the European Union European Court of Justice European Union Google antitrust fine hearing
- Location: LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG AND MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG AND MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: Luxembourg
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Europe,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWHWBRH
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- Story Text:Alphabet unit Google on Monday (September 27) criticised EU antitrust regulators for ignoring rival Apple as it launched a bid to get Europe's second-highest court to annul a record 4.34-billion euro ($5.1 billion) fine related to its Android operating system.
Far from holding back rivals and harming users, Android has been a massive success story of competition at work, representatives of Google told a panel of five judges at the General Court in Luxembourg at the start of a five-day hearing.
The European Commission fined Google in 2018, saying that it had used Android since 2011 to thwart rivals and cement its dominance in a general internet search.
Android, free for device makers to use, is found on about 80% of the world's smartphones. The case is the most important of the European Union's three cases against Google because of Android's market power. Google has racked up more than 8 billion euros in EU antitrust fines in the last decade.
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