States’ Antitrust Suit Against Google’s App Platform Fails to Show Consumer Harm

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WASHINGTON – Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia today filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google over its control over the company’s app platform for Android, Google Play.

Director of CEI’s Center for Technology and Innovation Jessica Melugin said:

“The state’s case against Google is about app developers, who would likely not have had the mass distribution nor the profits without the extensive distribution advantage of the Play Store, wanting to change the rules mid-stream. Not only are there already other alternatives for down loading these apps on Android devices, but consumers benefit from the security, privacy and convenience of centralized payment systems. US antitrust law should protect consumers, not renegotiate private business arrangements via government meddling.”

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