Google faces antitrust suit on U.S. mobile internet search

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Consumer rights firm Hagens Berman said it filed a nationwide antitrust class-action lawsuit against Google Inc alleging company “illegally monopolized” the Internet and mobile search market the United States.

The lawsuit alleges Google has expanded its monopoly of the internet search market by pre-loading its applications onto Android mobile devices through its Mobile Application Distribution Agreements.

According to the lawsuit, Google’s role placing this suite of apps, including Google Play and YouTube, has hampered the market and kept the price of devices made by competing manufactures like Samsung Electronics and HTC Corp artificially high.

Google said Android and Google be used independent of each other.

“Anyone use Android without Google and anyone can use Google without Android. Since Android’s introduction, greater competition smartphones has given consumers more choices at lower prices,” Matt Kallman, a Google spokesman, told Reuters.

Steve Berman, the attorney representing consumers, alleged Google had achieved its monopoly by offering a better search engine, but through anti-competitive placement and market manipulation. (Reuters)