Google was hit with another blow after Europe’s second highest court upheld a $2.8 billion antitrust fine levied against the internet giant by European regulators.
The European Union’s General Court found that Google had abused its dominance in search by limiting competitors’ ability to advertise alongside search results.
The ruling comes as the Commission is expected to issue new rules to limit Google’s dominant position on mobile devices in the coming weeks.
The court’s decision against Google’s appeal did not give a detailed reason for its reasoning, but it will likely be scrutinized by Google and its competitors alike.
The ruling follows a European Commission report from May that suggested Google was working in poor faith with regulators after issuing a list of remedies to EU competition regulators.
Google senior vice president and general counsel Kent Walker immediately responded with a statement against the court’s ruling, claiming it “fundamentally misses the point.”
Walker said Google had already taken action to change its behavior, with “changes already bringing substantial benefits for users and competition.”
He said the European Commission has rejected Google’s claims and promised to “take any additional action necessary to get this right.”
In a joint statement, Microsoft and a group of 12 European companies called upon the EU to take Google’s “problematic behavior” seriously.
“Google’s actions appear to be willful, and not an isolated incident, as it continues to push its own services beyond consumers’ reach and to set non-competitive advertising rates,” they said.
Most of the major complaints filed against Google with the EU relate to its search function.
The company also regularly faces controversy around its Android operating system, its practice of handing out free downloads of its apps and its data collection practices.