FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a coalition of 37 states and the District of Columbia to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google.
The suit claims Google unfairly restricted competition with the Google Play Store, harming consumers by limiting choice and driving up app prices. This antitrust lawsuit is the newest legal action against the tech giant, claiming illegal, anticompetitive and unfair business practices.
“Our lawsuit alleges that Google’s anticompetitive business practices violated state and federal antitrust laws, causing direct harm to Kentucky consumers,” Cameron said. “Illegal and anticompetitive practices by a dominant company, such as Google, hurt Kentucky consumers and Kentucky businesses operating in the marketplace. Our bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from across the country has joined together to stop these practices from continuing.”
According to the lawsuit, Google’s alleged exclusionary conduct substantially shuts out competing app distribution channels. That conduct, which is aimed at enhancing and protecting Google’s monopoly position over Android app distribution, includes the following:
–Google imposes technical barriers that strongly discourage or effectively prevent third-party app developers from distributing…