Indiana Joins 36 States in Google Lawsuit | state
(The Center Square) – Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said he is joining attorneys general of three dozen other states in a federal lawsuit against Google, saying the tech giant is using monopoly practices to prevent competition.
“An investigation by 37 state attorneys general found that Google is abusing its market control in the digital economy through Google Play, an app store preinstalled on almost all Android devices,” Rokita said in a statement. “Through contractual restrictions, technical barriers and deception, Google inhibits competition by preventing reasonable alternative means of downloading applications.”
In-app purchases through Google require the use of its own payment processing service, for a fee of 30%.
“This is yet another example of a large tech company harming Hoosiers through unfair practices,” Rokita said. “All businesses certainly have the right to seek competitive advantages and maximize their own profits, but in pursuing these goals they must also comply with antitrust and consumer protection laws. Competition is an important part of our economy that protects consumers.
Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Rokita also said he opened an investigation in April into the censorship practices of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter. Former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit over the matter last week.
For its part, Google dismissed the lawsuit as “unfounded” in a statement.
“This lawsuit is not about helping the little guy or protecting consumers,” the company said. “It’s about stimulating a handful of big app developers who want to enjoy the benefits of Google Play without paying for it. “
Google also said that the changes sought by the plaintiffs risked “increasing costs for small developers, hampering their ability to innovate and compete, making apps in the Android ecosystem less secure for consumers.”
A Washington state federal judge recently carried out an antitrust action filed by the Federal Trade Commission against Google, claiming that the agency had not presented sufficient evidence that the company was considered a monopoly.
Google is also currently facing three other similar lawsuits, including one filed by the Justice Department and 14 states claiming the company dominates the mobile search market.
Some 38 states also filed a separate complaint on the same issue, and 15 other states filed a complaint regarding Google’s dominance in ad technology.