The European Union's second-highest court has rejected US tech giant Google's appeal of a fine of 2.4 billion euros, or about 2.8 billion dollars.
The General Court in Luxembourg said on Wednesday that it "largely dismisses" Google's action against the decision of the European Commission finding that the company had abused its dominant position by favoring its own comparison shopping service.
EU's antitrust officials determined in 2017 that Google's search engine gave preferential treatment to its own price-comparison shopping service.
A senior official of the European Commission stressed the need to restore fair competition, saying that "the real work starts now to fix the ineffective remedy that failed to restore competition and choice to the market."
Google says it "will review the decision closely." The ruling can be appealed to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the bloc's highest court.
EU investigators are also looking into how Amazon, Apple and Facebook approach fair competition.