FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is displayed on the high-profile, high-tech start-ups and business leaders, the meeting, Tour-Tech,Paris, France-May 16, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Z (GOOGL.D) – a unit of Google’s fight with a record EU antitrust fine related to the Android software, got a boost after Europe’s second-highest court has allowed a mobile phone maker, Phone and a HMD, Global Oy to participate in the process.
Google proposes to the European Commission to 4.34 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in fines and an order to drop it’s anti-competitive business practices aimed at blocking competition in the internet access to the Luxembourg-based general Court.
The EU’s competition enforcer in her 2018 decision, said that Google gave itself an unfair advantage by pre-installing the google Chrome browser and the Google search app for Android smartphones and laptop.
Germany is a mission we at Gigaset Communications GmbH GGS.DE and Finland, HMD, Global Oy, which is the exclusive licensee of the trademark a Nokia phone, you can take part in the process in support of Google, the court said in a document published on Thursday.
The judges also allowed the tech lobbying group for Developers-Alliance, web-browser from Opera Software, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which counts Google among its members, in order to take action.
Commission supporters will be allowed to intervene, the European consumers ‘ organisation, lobbying group FairSearch, whose complaint triggered the EU case, in the Czech search engine Seznam, the French search engine Qwant, and two German publishing groups, VDZ and the BDZV.
Court proceedings are expected to start next year. In the case of the T-604/18 Google vs the European union.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Nick Macfie