Google’s €4.34 billion Fine for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices

Dechert advised multiple third-party complainants, including Getty Images and Yelp, in relation to the European Commission’s decade-long investigations into Google’s alleged abuse of its dominant position.

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search.

Google must now bring the conduct effectively to an end within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Dechert advised Getty Images and Yelp with Alec Burnside (Picture), Marjolein De Backer and Maria Loudjeva.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised on Google. Cleary took the lead role for Google on the case, with a team led by Nicholas Levy and Thomas Graf.

Clifford Chance advised Fairsearch with a team including Thomas Vinje and Dieter Paemen.


Involved fees earner: Alec Burnside – Dechert; Marjolein De Backer – Dechert; Maria Loudjeva – Dechert; Nicholas Levy – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Thomas Graf – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Thomas Vinje – Clifford Chance; Dieter Paemen – Clifford Chance;

Law Firms: Dechert; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Clifford Chance;

Clients: Google; Yelp Inc.; Getty Images; FairSearch;