Google has gotten bigger over the years, and that increased market share has come at the cost of increased scrutiny. The Department of Justice filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against the company in October, and last month we learned that more might be on the way. Those predictions have now come to pass, as a collection of nearly 40 states has filed a new suit against Google accusing it of "building an impenetrable moat around its kingdom." But it may be a while before this litigious jousting match goes to trial.
Google has always toed the line between respecting user privacy and making money off targeted ads, but things came to a head last month when the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the company due to antitrust allegations. Now it looks like more litigation is on the horizon from state attorneys hoping to add fuel to the fire — and Google isn't the only company under scrutiny.
Remember Google+? Google's failed social network shut down in 2019 amidst the discovery of multiple privacy-related issues. A class-action lawsuit was filed at the time, and now it looks like that's coming to fruition. Some former members of the service have received an email inviting them to file a claim for a payout of up to — wait for it — $12.
That information included her home address and zip code, phone number, and email address. After the lawsuit was filed, Google began limiting the data shared with developers.
The plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google have dropped their case after losing in an initial ruling. Just over a month ago, we reported on Google's win. The federal judge overseeing the case ruled in Google's favor, but the plaintiffs had one last chance to change their arguments before the case was closed. Instead, they have decided to withdraw.
A group of consumers accused Google of anticompetitive practices in the distribution of Android due to the stipulation that their search engine must be default in order for the OEM to load the Play Store on devices. The problem here, the plaintiffs allege, is that this precludes competing search providers from being default.
According to a header from a sealed document unearthed by FOSSPatents, Google has requested to intervene in an ITC patent lawsuit between HTC and Nokia as co-defendant to the Taiwanese smartphone-maker. This is the first time Google has ever filed as an intervening 3rd-party in a patent lawsuit between one of its hardware partners and a competitor, so it may be the sign of a shift in strategy for the company.
There's also the fact that Google has requested an antitrust investigation against Nokia in the EU, so maybe Google is just piling on the Finnish firm to makes its stance even more clear.