Google will be faced with a $1 billion class-action lawsuit in the United Kingdom over Play Store pricing

Google will be faced with a $1 billion class-action lawsuit in the United Kingdom over Play Store pr ...

After a court authorized a lawsuit that alleges Google overcharged 19.5 million customers for app store purchases, the company is facing a court lawsuit in which the Competition Appeal Tribunal certified the case on Monday. The class action claims that Google overcharged up to 30 percent on popular apps on its Play Store, including Roblox, Candy Crush Saga, and Tinder since October 2015.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the claimant group said a detailed verdict has yet to be published.

Google did not immediately reply to requests for clarification.

Regulators, competitors, and consumer advocates are attempting to de-escalate Big Tech, including filing lawsuits across the world against Google and Apple for alleged anti-competitive behavior. In the last year, the European Union alone has fined Google more than EUR 8 billion (roughly Rs. 65,500 crore) for anti-trust practices.

Liz Coll, a former digital policy manager at the non-profit Citizens Advice service, is the latest British prosecution against Google, which isn't expected to go to trial before 2024. She is being advised by law company Hausfeld.

Coll claims that the Play Store commission is unlawful and unjustifiable, that it is breaking European and British competition regulations, and that Google is exploiting its dominant position at the expense of British Android smartphone and tablet users.

According to a court filing that was never disclosed last year, Google generated $11.2 billion in revenue (roughly Rs. 89,600 crore).

Match Group, a dating app company, sued Alphabets Google in May, claiming that the move was a last resort to prevent Tinder and its other apps from being removed from the Play Store due to their refusal to share up to 30 percent of their revenues. The lawsuit follows ongoing cases filed by Fortnite maker Epic Games, dozens of US state attorneys general, and others criticizing Google's allegedly anticompetitive practices with the Play Store.

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