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Coalition of states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

By: - July 8, 2021 10:37 am

Google’s New York office is shown in lower Manhattan on March 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Missouri is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing.

The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on Android phones and Google Billing.

“As we’ve repeatedly seen and as we allege in our lawsuit, big tech companies like Google have leveraged their massive, dominant market position to stymie smaller companies and drive out competition, all while lining their own pockets to the tune of billions,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is a candidate for U.S. Senate, said in a press release.

In response to the lawsuit, Google said in a blog post that the challenge comes from a few major app developers that want preferential treatment. “Android and Google Play provide openness and choice that platforms simply don’t,” Google wrote, according to Reuters.

The latest legal challenge is led by Utah, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. 

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Perry Beeman
Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman is senior reporter for the Iowa Capital Dispatch. He has nearly 40 years of experience in journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.