The EU General Court partially annuls a Commission decision against a search engine but upholds the key elements (Google Android)

In its judgment of 14 September 2022 (the “Judgment”), the General Court partially upheld Google’s appeal against the Commission’s 2018 Google/Android decision, but upheld the decision’s most important and consequential elements, thus confirming that certain of Google’s practices regarding the Android mobile platform could be considered parts of a strategy to protect and consolidate Google’s dominant position for online general search services and infringed Article 102 TFEU. In summary, the General Court: confirmed the strict standards applicable to the assessment of exclusivity arrangements under Article 102, as developed in Intel and Qualcomm, and annulled the Commission’s finding that Google’s payments for the exclusive installation of Google apps on mobile phones under the portfolio-based

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Andreas Reindl, Steve Ross, The EU General Court partially annuls a Commission decision against a search engine but upholds the key elements (Google Android), 14 September 2022, e-Competitions September 2022, Art. N° 108844

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