Russia’s Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal has rejected Google’s complaint against a lower court’s decision that supported the antimonopoly service in finding the U.S. giant guilty of abusing its dominance on the market of preinstalled application stores.
“The (lower) court’s decision will stay unchanged, and the appeal will not be satisfied”, the decision read.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service said that it did not find a compromise with Google, which it earlier had fined with 438 million rubles. The company must pay the penalty within 60 days.
“We’re sure that fulfilment of the order will create fair conditions for effective competition on the fast-growing market of mobile applications”, Yelena Zayeva, director of the antitrust service’s IT regulation department, said.
The higher court confirmed the legality of the service’s decision. The order must be duly respected by Google in full.
The antitrust case was initiated by Yandex, Google’s main rival on the local search market. (Prime/Business World Magazine)