Google now faces a UK trial over an estimated 1.1 billion dollars damages claim after a court has authorized a lawsuit that is alleging the technology company owned by Alphabet, overcharged 19.5 million customers for purchases in app store.
The class action, which was certified by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, alleges Google abused company’s dominant position by charging around 30 percent commission on popular apps on Google’s Play Store, which is including Roblox, Tinder, and Candy Crush Saga since October 2015.
Google did not respond immediately to requests for comment. The consumer champions, rivals, and regulators are trying to stop big technology companies, filing lawsuits across the globe against the likes of rival Apple over the alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
The European Union has alone fined Google over 8 billion euros in recent years over the anti-trust practices. The latest UK case against Google, which is not expected to come to trial before 2024.
The regulators allege that the Play Store commission is unlawful and unjustifiable, along with breaching British and European competition laws, and Google is also abusing its dominant position at the expense of British Android smartphone and tablet users.
In 2019, Google has now generated 11.2 billion dollars in revenue from the company’s mobile app store in 2019.