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February 23, 2015

Google Wins U.S. Anti-Trust Court Battle

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An anti-trust lawsuit accusing Google of harming consumers by forcing Smartphone makers to use its apps by default has been dismissed by a U.S. federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, in a Feb. 20 ruling, denied the request for a class-action lawsuit, saying the complainants failed to prove Google’s alleged actions resulted in higher prices for Smartphone buyers. The plaintiffs alleged Google forced mobile device makers like Samsung to not only pre-install its apps but to set Google search as the default, even though Android is billed as an open platform.

But Freeman said “there are no facts alleged to indicate that defendant’s conduct has prevented consumers from freely choosing among search products or prevented competitors from innovating.”

Despite her ruling, she gave the plaintiffs three weeks to amend their complaint.

Google has been under fire frequently for its business practices in the last few years.

The European Union launched an informal investigation in 2013 into how Google uses its Android operating system to “dominate the mobile marketplace.”

The investigation stemmed from a joint complaint lodged with the European Union by FairSearch, a group of 17 technology and search companies that includes Microsoft, Expedia, Oracle and Nokia. FairSearch asked the EU to probe Google’s “anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace.”

And last Friday, Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia announced it would move forward with the case against the tech titan after receiving a complaint from Russian Internet firm Yandex that Google was breaching Russian anti-trust law with the bundling of its search app and other services with the Android operating system.

 Via Bloomberg


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.