WV Attorney General announces $700 million settlement with Google over Play Store

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and a bipartisan group of 52 attorneys general recently announced a $700 million agreement with Google in their lawsuit about Google’s anticompetitive conduct with the Google Play Store.

“We believe in a free market — vigorous competition protects consumers and helps the economy thrive,” Morrisey said Tuesday. “The action our coalition alleged in the lawsuit — anticompetitive and unfair business practices — harmed consumers by causing them to pay higher prices for purchases made while using an app.”

“A healthy free-market economy thrives on competition not in a monopoly and no company is too big to play by the rules,” Morrisey added.

Google will pay $630 million in restitution, minus costs and fees, to consumers who made purchases on the Google Play Store between August 2016 and September 2023 and were harmed by Google’s anticompetitive practices, according to the attorney general’s office.

Read more at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

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