Thirty-six states and Washington D.C. have sued Google over alleged antitrust violations in the Android app store.
The California federal court case challenges a recently expanded Google policy that forces app developers to pay a 30 percent commission fee on sales made through the Google Play store.
Google is already facing a Justice Department lawsuit where the company has been accused of monopoly practices.
The company has been defensive of its controversial practices in the past, arguing that companies that object can take their business elsewhere.
“If a developer feels that the value proposition of Google Play is not adequate, they can distribute their apps in a number of other ways,” Wilson White, Google’s public policy lead said during a Senate Judiciary hearing.
This lawsuit comes after former President Donald Trump announced his decision to file a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
“We’re asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal, shameful censorship of the American people,” Trump said in Wednesday’s press conference.
Trump said he filed the lawsuit to protect the First Amendment rights of all Americans.
“Through this lawsuit, we are standing up for American democracy by standing up for free speech rights of every American, Democrat, Republican, independent, whoever it may be,” he said.
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