Lawyers representing Google Play app developers had a power play when reaching a $90 million antitrust settlement: a nearly identical Apple agreement approved by a federal judge three weeks earlier.
Announced on June 30, the class action settlement resolves claims from 48,000 developers that Google monopolized the market for Android OS apps through the use of anticompetitive agreements and technical barriers that restrict its users to its Google Play store. The claims are in two developer class actions folded into multidistrict litigation that involves other antitrust claims against Google brought by consumers and state attorneys general over the Google Play store.
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