July 9, 2021
, chair of Kelley Drye’s Antitrust
practice, was quoted in a recent Washington Internet Daily
article on the skepticism from former Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice officials on the AG suit against Google. Google is facing three lawsuits for unfairly restricting competition through Google Play for Android and forcing Google Billing for in-app purchases.
In the article,
MacLeod, was quoted saying it’s not just a monopolization case, calling the causes of action under Sherman Act Section 1 and state counterparts serious. MacLeod cites paragraphs 77, 79, 99 and 100 in the complaint. Paragraph 77 says Google leaves "open the technical possibility for Android consumers to acquire some apps without using the Play Store, but this can only be accomplished through a competing app store installed on the device or through side loading of individual apps." Google pursued its goals by "methods that are substantially more restrictive than necessary," the suit alleged.
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