- Jul 26, 2019
Suit follows lengthy investigation into company’s dominance of search traffic and effect on competition.
The wide-ranging lawsuit included details on alleged deliberations within Google aimed at avoiding antitrust scrutiny.
The lawsuit in particular targeted arrangements under which Google’s search application is preloaded, and can’t be deleted, on mobile phones running its popular Android operating system.
Analysts estimate that it pays Apple alone about $10 billion a year, another deal the government cited as having suppressed competition.
Kent Walker, Google’s chief legal officer, said that, if successful, the lawsuit would result in higher prices for consumers because Google would have to raise the cost of its mobile software and hardware.