WASHINGTON – A group of dozens of states and the District of Columbia sued Google on Wednesday over allegations that its mobile app store is abusing its market power, expanding legal challenges facing the internet search giant .
The lawsuit is said to be the fourth federal or state antitrust lawsuit filed against Google since October, but the first to examine the company’s lucrative app store. He was being filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, according to a public record, which showed that the pursuit was led by Utah, North Carolina, New York and Tennessee.
Mobile app developers have challenged the way Google makes them use its own system for payments inside their products. This system charges a 30% commission on many transactions, which the developers say then forces them to charge higher prices for their services.
Apple, which operates the other major smartphone app store, is also coming under scrutiny for cutting app sales and developer subscriptions. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple last year, accusing it of abusing its market power to charge app makers unfairly high commissions. He expects a decision on the case next month.
Other antitrust complaints against Google have focused on research and advertising. Last year, the Justice Department sued the company for claiming it was illegally protecting its monopoly on online search advertising. A subsequent trial by state attorneys general accused Google of abusing its power over ad technology, and they sued it separately for crushing smaller search services.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit was reported earlier by Bloomberg.
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