European General Court Judgment in Google Shopping: Key Takeaways

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On November 10, 2021, the European General Court (Court) issued its judgment in Case T-612/17 Google and Alphabet v Commission (Google Shopping).

The Court dismissed almost in its entirety the action brought by Google and Alphabet against the decision by the European Commission (Commission) of June 27, 2017, which found that Google had abused its dominant market position by favoring its own comparison shopping service (CSS) on its general results pages while demoting the results from competing CSSs. The Court also upheld the fine of €2.42 billion imposed on Google by the Commission. The judgment can be appealed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Perhaps the most important aspect of this judgment is that the Court has now officially recognized that self-preferencing practices can constitute an abuse of dominance and has clarified that the legality of such practices does not have to be assessed in light of the traditional test relating to essential facilities or abusive refusal to provide access. Instead, self-preferencing can constitute an

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