Google is taking a hammering from several countries in the EU and Russia has just returned their Google anti-trust ruling finding the company guilty. Guilty of abusing its position in the search market by bundling its own apps with Google Play Services, requiring Google search to be default and requiring Google apps have prominent placement on Android devices. Google could face a fine of 15% of its 2014 Russian revenue which might not be as much as we think because Google is not the dominant search engine in Russia. Yandex happens to rule the roost in Russia and they are the driving force behind the anti-trust suit against Google. Although Android does dominate 80% of the market.
“We haven’t yet received the ruling. When we do, we will study it and determine our next steps,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.
This ruling by Russian courts could mark a trend for other European courts seeking to snag Google in a monopoly claim. We’re sure Google isn’t done fighting this yet and will likely be back to file a counter, depending on the court, this could drag out for some time. That is if Russian courts operate anything like United States courts.
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