LONDON: Google is facing a London trial of an estimated £920 million ($1.1 billion) in damages claim after a court authorized a lawsuit alleging that the Alphabet-owned tech giant had The App Store has charged over 19.5 million customers for purchases.
The class action, which was upheld by the Competition Appeals Tribunal on Monday, alleged that Google abused its dominant position on its Play Store since October 2015 by charging commissions of up to 30 percent on popular apps, including Roblox, Candy Crush Saga. and Tinder.
A detailed decision has yet to be published, a spokesman for the claimants group said on Tuesday.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Regulators, rivals and consumer champions are trying to curb Big Tech, with the likes of Google and rival Apple around the world suing over alleged anti-competitive behavior. The European Union alone has fined Google more than 8 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in recent years over anti-trust practices.
The latest British case against Google, which is not expected to come up for trial before 2024, is brought by Liz Cole, a former digital policy manager at the non-profit Citizens Advice Service. He is being mentored by the law firm Hausfeld.
Coll alleges in the lawsuit that the Play Store commission is illegal and unfair, in violation of European and British competition laws, and that Google is abusing its dominant position at the expense of British Android smartphone and tablet users.
Google generated $11.2 billion in revenue from its mobile app store in 2019, a court said at https://www.reuters.com/technology/google-play-app-store-revenue-reached-112-bln-2019- Filed lawsuit-says -2021-08-28 Last year did not show the seal.
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