U.S State Attorneys file lawsuit against Google over Play Store monopoly
On Wednesday, dozens of U.S States joined forces and filed a lawsuit accusing Google of abusing its power when it comes to getting apps for Android OS powered mobile handsets. The litigation was aimed at Play Store, an online store for apps and other digital content.
The lawsuit backed by 37 attorneys general accuses Google of using anti-competitive tactics to discourage Android apps from being distributed at shops other than its Play Store, where its payments system collects commissions on transactions. The complaint contends that Google has inserted itself as the middleman between app developers and consumers.
Google has rejected the accusations as meritless, detailing the way Play Store has helped app makers thrive while providing security for Android device users.
A similar coalition of attorneys filed a suit against Google in December accusing it of wielding monopoly power in online search and related advertising.
A US congressional panel in June advanced legislation that would lead to a sweeping overhaul of antitrust laws and give more power to regulators to break up large tech firms.