Google has requested a federal court to dismiss allegations made by Epic, Match and US state attorneys general about the running of its app store for Android phones. The tech giant is taking steps to end the costly and time-consuming antitrust lawsuits it faces. Google has also requested that claims in a 2020 antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department and a complaint filed this year by the federal government in Virginia be dismissed. The company hopes to defend the innovation that made Android successful and look forward to proving its innocence at trial. Google filed a targeted motion for partial summary judgment to narrow the antitrust case for trial.
Google’s defense against allegations
Google asked a federal court in California to dismiss five claims made against it. The company argued that it doesn’t have a legal obligation to put other app stores in Android, and most Android phones come preloaded with more than one app store. Google also argued that it is not preventing game developers from creating alternative app stores, and revenue-sharing agreements with wireless carriers had expired over four years ago, which were outside the statute of limitations. Additionally, Google requested the court to dismiss allegations related to Project Hug, where it paid game developers to keep their games in Google’s Play Store rather than releasing them independently.
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