36 states launch antitrust suit against Google over the Play Store

Google has yet another antitrust lawsuit on its hands. Politico reports 36 states and Washington DC have banded together to sue the company over its handling of the Play Store. They say Google’s control over the marketplace violates US antitrust law.

This latest action is the fourth antitrust lawsuit launched against Google following three similar claims in 2020. In December, a group of 38 states and territories led by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser filed antitrust charges against the company over its search business. The tech giant is also the subject of a Department of Justice probe.

The timing of Wednesday’s suit follows after Google recently lowered its Play Store commission fee to 15 percent on the first $1 million developers earn on the marketplace every year. When Google announced the change back in March, it claimed it would reduce the fees it takes from 99 percent of Android developers by 50 percent. Today’s suit also comes a little more than a week after a federal judge in Washington dismissed the FTC’s antitrust complaint against Facebook, saying the agency hadn’t presented sufficient evidence to back up its claims that the social media giant is a monopoly.

We’ve reached out to Google for comment, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from the company.


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