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Google To Face $ 1 Billion Class-Action Lawsuit In The Uk Over Store Pricing: Technology Update Today!!!

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Requests for comment from Google did not immediately receive a response.
• Trial in the British case against Google is not anticipated to begin until 2024.
• According to Coll, the Play Store commission is illegal.

INTRODUCTION:

Google Updates: The Alphabet owned tech giant is accused of overcharging 19.5 million customers for app store purchases, according to a lawsuit that was approved by a court. Google is now facing a trial in London over an estimated GBP 920 million (roughly Rs. 8,800 crore) damages claim.

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The Competition Appeal Tribunal certified the class action on Monday, alleging that Google had abused its dominant position by imposing up to a 30% commission on well-known apps including Roblox, Candy Crush Saga, and Tinder since October 2015.Tuesday’s statement from a claimant group spokeswoman indicated that a full judgement has not yet been made public.Requests for comments were not immediately answered by Google.

Regulators, competitors, and consumer advocates are suing companies like Google and rival Apple for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in an effort to rein in Big Tech. In recent years, Google has received fines from the European Union alone totalling more than EUR 8 billion (approximately Rs. 65,500 crore) for antitrust violations.

Liz Coll, a former digital policy manager at the non-profit Citizens Advice service, is the plaintiff in the most recent British lawsuit brought against Google. It is not anticipated that the case will go to trial before 2024. The legal team at Hausfeld is advising her.Coll claims in the case that Google is abusing its dominant position at the expense of British Android smartphone and tablet consumers and that the Play Store commission violates European and British competition rules.

According to a court document that was unsealed last year, Google made $11.2 billion (approximately Rs. 89,600 crore) in income from its mobile app store in 2019.Back in May, the producer of dating applications Match Group filed a lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google, describing it as a “last resort” to keep Tinder and its other apps from being removed from the Play store because they refused to share up to 30% of their revenues.The complaint came after earlier actions targeting Google’s claimed anticompetitive behaviour with the Play Store, including those brought by Fortnite creator Epic Games, numerous US state attorneys general, and others.

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