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Cal AG Rob Bonta hits Google with lawsuit over “Play Store

By Tanu Henry | California Black Media


This month, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the California Department of Justice (DOJ) is joining a multistate lawsuit against Google.


In the claim, California joins 35 other states and the District of Columbia in accusing the Mountain View-based company of violating national and state laws (the federal Sherman Antitrust Act and California’s Cartwright Act) with its Google Play Store’s monopolization of the smartphone app market.


“Google has violated the trust of Android phone customers by limiting consumer choice and raking in outrageous commissions on app developers. Android customers are effectively stuck using the Google Play Store for apps, where they pay a premium,” said Bonta.


Calling Google’s dominance of the Android-app market “anti-competitive,” Bonta pointed out that customers are impacted the