A class action lawsuit has been filed in California against Google, Apple and the CEOs of the two tech giants for allegedly violating antitrust laws, according to a press release.
The lawsuit calls for Google and Apple to be split into separate and independent companies in line with Standard Oil’s precedent into Exxon, Mobile, Conoco, Amoco, Sohio, Chevron and others, the statement said.
According to the statement, the charges against Google and Apple agreed that Apple would stay away from internet search activity against Google. He also claims that Google shares its search profits with Apple and gives Apple preferential treatment for all Apple devices; multi-billion dollar annual payments by Google to Apple for not competing in search; removal of smaller competitors to distance them from the research sector; and the acquisition of competing businesses.
The claims also include higher advertising rates than rates that would be in a competitive system, the statement said.
Lawyers demand end of alleged billion dollar payments to Apple by Google, ask court to ban non-compete agreements between the two companies and end profit-sharing deal and processing Google preferential on Apple devices, according to the Release.
“These powerful companies have abused their size by blocking and illegally monopolizing major markets which, in an otherwise free enterprise system, would have created jobs, lowered prices, increased production, added new competitors, encouraged innovation and improved the quality of services in the digital age. Joseph M. Alioto of Alioto Law, who represents the plaintiffs, said in the statement.
The companies could not be reached immediately for comment. In the past, Apple and Google have denied any allegations of antitrust violation.