Dozens of US states are suing Google for alleged antitrust violations in its App Store

Dozens of US states are suing Google for alleged antitrust violations in its App Store


July 8, 2021 11:12 GMT

Google recently expanded the fees on the Play Store, in particular targeting a number of apps that were previously able to override the fees.

On Wednesday, a coalition of US attorneys general launched a new antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the tech giant of abusing its control of the Android app store, it said. Bloomberg.

The lawsuit comes amid mounting federal pressure that Google is already facing Three Federal Antitrust Lawsuits, including the ongoing Department of Justice case accusing the company of monopolistic practices in search advertising.

Google recently expanded the fee to cover more digital goods purchased on the Play Store, particularly targeting a number of notable apps that were previously able to bypass the fee.

the demand, Foot For 36 states and Washington, D.C., in federal court in California, the names of the accused were listed as Google, Alphabet and their subsidiaries in Ireland and Asia. He questions the company’s policy that requires Google Play app developers to pay 30% commission on sales made via the platform.

In response to the lawsuit, Google Wrote In one blog post he found “strange that a group of state attorneys general has decided to sue a system that offers more openness and options than others.”

“This complaint mimics An unfounded claim Brought to you by the great app developer Epic Games, who took advantage of Android’s openness by distributing the Fortnite app outside of Google Play.”

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Last August, Epic Games, developer of the “Fortnite” video game, Student to Google for similar reasons, claiming that payment restrictions in the Play Store constitute a file monopoly The company’s practices have driven up prices for online consumers. However, this request has been greatly overshadowed by Issue Parallel to Epic Games against Apple and its App Store.

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