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EU: Google wins backing from two Android makers in antitrust appeal

 |  October 13, 2019

Google’s fight against a record EU antitrust fine related to its Android mobile software received a boost after Europe’s second-highest court allowed Android phone maker Gigaset and HMD Global Oy to intervene in the lawsuit, reported Reuters. 

Google is challenging the European Commission’s €4.34 billion (US$4.8 billion) fine and an order to drop anti-competitive business practices aimed at blocking rivals in internet browsing at the Luxembourg-based General Court.

The EU competition enforcer in its 2018 ruling stated Google gave itself an unfair advantage by pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android smartphones and notebooks.

Germany’s Gigaset Communications GmbH and Finland’s HMD Global Oy, which is the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones, can take part in the process in support of Google, the court announced in a document published on Thursday, October 10.

Judges also allowed tech lobbying group Application Developers Alliance, web browser Opera Software, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which counts Google among its members, to intervene. 

Commission supporters allowed to intervene are the European Consumer Organisation, lobbying group FairSearch whose complaint triggered the EU case, Czech search engine Seznam, French search engine Qwant, and two German publishing groups, VDZ and BDZV.

Full Content: Reuters

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