Google sued by states Alexis Keenan and Daniel HowleyThursday, July 8, 2021, 4:26 am 5 minutes of reading
Google CEO Sundar Pichai presents the keynote address of the Google I / O conference on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Mountain View, California. Google has provided the latest look at digital services and gadgets it has gathered in the high-tech battle to become an even more influential force in people’s lives. (Photo AP / Eric Risberg)
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google. (Photo AP / Eric Risberg)
Google’s app store (GOOG, GOOGL), Google Play, became the latest target of Big Tech’s antitrust regulators in a federal lawsuit filed by dozens of state-led attorneys general in Utah on Wednesday.
Google sued by states The case, brought before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is one of dozens of lawsuits that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, faces in a wave of actions to defy the global levels of its dominant markets. .
In the complaint, the states accuse Google of illegally operating monopolies in the Android application distribution market, imposing technical barriers that prevent third parties from distributing applications outside the Play Store. According to the complaint, Google controls 99% of the “licensed” market.
“Android is the only viable operating system available for licensing by mobile device manufacturers that market and sell their devices to U.S. consumers,” the lawsuit said, citing a distinction Google has from its competitor Apple (AAPL). which also faces antitrust control App Store.
The lawsuit added: “Barriers to the market for licensed mobile operating systems are high and even resource-consuming competitors such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN) have failed.”
To curb competition, states say, Google uses contracts to prevent OEMs from bypassing technical barriers and to prevent the distribution of competing app stores on the Play Store. States also claim that Google illegally links advertising to the Google Play Store and shares monopoly profits with OEMs to discourage competing app stores from entering the market.
Attorneys general are demanding monetary damages and the court to impose other remedies to stop Google’s alleged anti-competitive conduct.
In a statement released before the trial, a Google spokesman defended the company’s policies on app stores, distinguishing them in particular from its rival Apple and the App Store.