UPDATED 8:15 PM PT – Thursday, July 8, 2021
The District of Columbia along with 36 other states have joined a new anti-trust litigation against Google in the wake of First Amendment lawsuits brought forth by President Trump. The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in California on Thursday.
The suit alleges Google is unfairly forcing developers of mobile apps to pay 30 percent commission on sales of digital goods and services on its app store. Plaintiffs have said this practice violates anti-trust laws because Google acts as a monopolist in the Android app marketplace.
First Amendment protections apply to all of us and they should be defended.
— Rep. Tom Tiffany (@RepTiffany) July 7, 2021
This comes after Trump predicted a wave of new lawsuits challenging Google’s predatory practices. “This is the first of numerous other lawsuits I assume that will follow. But, this is the lead and I think it’s going to be a very, very important game changer for our country,” said the 45th president.
“It will be a pivotal battle in defense of the First Amendment and in the end, I am confident that we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time, freedom of speech.”
The latest litigation against Google is spearheaded by state attorney generals, both Democrats and Republicans, from states across the U.S.