Google(s goog) requires Samsung, HTC and other mobile device makers that use the Android operating system to reserve prime screen real estate for the search giant’s own applications, according to a new class action complaint filed this week in California.
The lawsuit, filed by the same lawyer who recently won a high profile price-fixing case against Apple(s aapl) and book publishers, claims Google harms consumers by forcing the device makers to sign secret deals known as “MADA’s” — for Mobile Application Distribution Agreements — in order to perpetuate a search engine monopoly.
This Android arrangement has allegedly helped Google achieve an 87 percent market share in the mobile search market (while Yahoo(s yhoo) has under 8 percent), and in turn caused consumers to overpay for Android devices. The lawsuit claims this amounts to a violation of the Sherman Act and other antitrust laws, and seeks unspecified damages on behalf of everyone in the U.S. who owns an Android…
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