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Google loses antitrust legal battle, $2.8 billion fine upheld

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By Ailan Evans
Daily Caller News Foundation

The European Union (EU) General Court upheld a ruling Wednesday that Google violated EU antitrust law by preferencing its own shopping service in search results.

The European Commission, the EU’s top regulator, ruled in 2017 that Google’s practice of prioritizing its online marketplace in its search results was anti-competitive, slapping the tech giant with a roughly $2.8 billion fine. Google appealed the decision, but the EU General Court, the second-highest court in the continent, upheld the ruling Wednesday.

Google can still appeal the ruling to Europe’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, according to the General Court’s decision.

Google did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. A Google spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that it was too early to tell whether or not the tech giant would appeal the decision as the “judgment relates to a very specific set of facts,” and the company first had to “review it closely.”

The case concerned Google’s e-commerce business that the tech giant promoted within its search results.

The European Commission previously found that “Goog

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