A group of 36 states and Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against Google on Wednesday targeting the tech giant’s control of its Android app store.
Eight states — Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah — are leading the antitrust suit, which was filed in California federal court, Politico reported.
The lawsuit challenges Google’s plan to force all app developers who use the Google Play Store to pay a 30 percent commission on sales of digital goods or services.
It is the first to challenge Google’s control in the mobile app store market and will be heard by U.S. District Judge James Donato of the Northern District of California, an appointee of former President Barack Obama.
The states and D.C. — which have a mix of Republican and Democratic leaders — said Google has a monopoly in the market for distributing apps on the Android operating system, controlling 90 percent of the market.