The reign of the Big Tech may be coming to an end. 37 American states have sued Google. Trump has sued Facebook and Google, while India has sent out a strong message to Twitter.
The allegations against Google’s Play Store come from an investigation involving 50 states in September 2019 and has resulted in three lawsuits against the company.
Now, the states, which are led by Utah, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee, said in a lawsuit filed at the Northern District of California that “Google leverages its monopoly power with Android to unlawfully maintain its monopoly in the Android app distribution market”.
The lawsuit alleges that a one-off payment was offered to Samsung in exchange for the limiting of development on its own competing app store.
“Google initially proposed paying Samsung up to [Redacted] ; in return, Samsung would give up its direct commercial relationships in app distribution with consumers and developers,” states the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges that Google bought off key app developers to stifle competition in the Android app distribution market by deterring them from making their apps available outside the Play Store.
“To do so, Google shared its monopoly profits by providing these app developers in-kind services and adding distribution restrictions through an addendum to the DDA” it said in the lawsuit.
“Google’s monopoly is a menace to the marketplace. Google Play is not fair play. Google must be held accountable for harming small businesses and consumers,” said Utah attorney general Sean Reyes. “It must stop using its monopolistic power and hyper-dominant market position to unlawfully leverage billions of added dollars from smaller companies, competitors and consumers beyond what should be paid.”
I'm co-leading a bipartisan coalition of 37 AGs in a lawsuit against @Google for its unlawful and anticompetitive conduct around its mobile app store.
This is our second lawsuit against Google in the last six months as we seek to protect consumers and competition.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) July 7, 2021
Wilson White, senior director of public policy at Google, said in a statement that it was “strange” a group of state attorneys general chose to file a lawsuit attacking a system that “provides more openness and choice than others”.
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