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Google And Apple File Motion With US District Court Judge Against Bizarre Antitrust Lawsuit

Tech giants Google and Apple are urging a Federal Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them regarding antitrust allegations.

According to media reports, the case came into being after Google’s long-hailed status as a default browser in Apple’s Safari.

But the tech firms are brushing off the allegations as baseless and instead, are providing plenty of proof to the judges about how their famous search deal was never a secret. Instead, so many knew about it, let alone the fact that it has been public for the past 15 years.

In addition to that, both Apple and Google argued that the deal does not go breach any privacy protocols or go against the anti-conspiracy campaigns delineated.

The recent papers filed to the Federal Court revealed how it was clearly outlined from the start how Google would be Safari’s default web browser and those using the device were informed. Moreover, Google has also been making payments to its partner in accordance with an agreement that was widely reported in the past.

This came in the form of a recent motion filed with Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. in the country’s District Court.

In addition to that, both firms blatantly mentioned how no public evidence was made available on how they carried out an unlawful conspiracy as all matters proceeded according to the law.

This particular lawsuit in question came into play in California last year when it was filed by the Crane School. They accused Google of following a conspiracy that would shun competition in the search engine industry.

Both companies argue that the accusations are so irrelevant and bizarre that the case shouldn’t be allowed to proceed by the party involved.

Google also spoke about how strange it was to see the plaintiff mention without any factual proof that they had no idea about the timeframe of the conspiracy and failed to give details about the alleged negotiations and agreement held between the senior leaders of both firms.

This includes a lack of any witnesses or supported statements on the matter or even proof of the document pertaining to the agreement in question. And for that reason, it wouldn’t be wrong to deem it outlandish due to lack of direct evidence.

Both Apple and Google hope to see the lawsuit dismissed soon due to a lack of clarification provided against the allegations of a vague search deal that the plaintiff claims helped increase ad prices.


H/T: MediaPost

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