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Google’s Court Defeat Boosts EU Crackdown on Silicon Valley

  • Search giant loses fight over 2.4 billion-euro antitrust fine
  • EU court ruling on Google challenge can be appealed once more

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Google suffered a resounding defeat in its appeal of a 2.4 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) European Union antitrust fine in a judgment that bolsters the bloc’s crackdown on the growing power of Silicon Valley.

The U.S. search giant breached competition rules and deserved the penalty doled out by the European Commission in 2017, the EU’s General Court in Luxembourg ruled on Wednesday. Judges backed the EU’s finding that Google shouldn’t favor its own shopping service over rivals, an issue that’s triggered complaints against other tech giants.