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Google Suffers Setback in Court Fight to Topple Record EU Fine

  • Search giant challenged bloc’s record penalty over Android
  • Google gets a small cut of the fine down to 4.1 billion euros
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Google lost most of the first round of its battle to topple a record 4.3 billion-euro ($4.3 billion) European Union antitrust fine that struck at the heart of the US tech giant’s power over the Android mobile-phone ecosystem. 

In a boost for EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, judges upheld the vast majority of the European Commission’s arguments, but cut the penalty to 4.1 billion euros after finding faults in some of the regulator’s analysis and that Google’s right to a fair hearing had partly been infringed.