Terms of the settlement in the App Store case were not disclosed, and the agreement is subject to approval by state attorneys general and the board of directors of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. A detailed settlement agreement will be submitted in about a month, according to filings filed Tuesday.
The lawsuit challenging Google’s control over its Android app store was first deposit in July 2021. The case challenges the search giant’s policy of requiring all app developers who use its Google Play Store to pay a 30% commission on sales of digital goods or services.
Video game maker Epic Games and online dating company Match Group are also suing Google over the same allegations and are still expected to go to trial in November. A Match spokesperson declined to comment on the settlement. A spokesperson for Epic did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Epic is also engaged in a similar legal battle against Apple over the policies of that company’s mobile app store. He largely lost a lawsuit in 2021 and a subsequent appeal, and is currently asking the United States Supreme Court to take up his case. While Epic and the other plaintiffs criticize Google’s app store policies, the company still allows competing app stores on its phones. Apple, on the other hand, does not allow any competition on its devices.
Last year, Google settled similar claims with a group of app developers, agreeing to pay $90 million and make it easier for companies to tell customers about lower prices outside of their apps.
A motion by Google to dismiss much of the Epic and Match case is pending before U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco.
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