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E.U. court dismisses Google's appeal of $2.8 billion antitrust fine

BRUSSELS -- A key European Union court upheld a $2.8 billion antitrust fine against Google, a blow to the search giant's efforts to challenge billions of dollars of fines it has accrued in Europe as it faces increased scrutiny from regulators around the world.

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The appeal was of a 2017 fine from the European Commission, which said the company illegally promoted its own shopping comparison service in search results, while demoting those of competitors. At the time, the fine was the largest that the E.U. had ever levied against a company for an antitrust abuse and was widely seen as a sign of the threat that European regulators could pose to tech companies.

Google has disputed the fine, arguing that its service helps consumers find the products they want and allows advertisers to reach potential customers...

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