UTAH

Google settles anticompetitive lawsuit led by Utah Attorney General

Dec 20, 2023, 6:00 AM

FILE: The Utah attorney general’s office at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 27, 202...

FILE: The Utah attorney general’s office at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. KSL and the Utah Attorney General’s Office are squaring off in a legal fight over access to Attorney General Sean Reyes’ work calendar. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Google will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to people who bought games from the Google Play Store between August 2016 and September of 2023.

The tech giant settled with a bipartisan group of 52 attorneys general, including Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, in September 2023. The lawsuit had addressed what the AGs called Google’s anticompetitive conduct within the Google Play Store.

This week the finalized terms of the deal were released.

522-2 – Blizzard Ex. a – Settlement and Release by Simone Seikaly on Scribd

Lawsuit claimed Google had several monopolies

The attorneys general sued Google in 2021, claiming Google monopolized the distribution of Android apps. The lawsuit also claimed Google held a monopoly on in-app payment processing.

In their lawsuit, the attorneys general also claimed Google intentionally manipulated the Android operating system. The manipulation reportedly had adverse effects on apps sold outside of the Google Play marketplace. 

“When many experts and other states were hesitant or even opposed, Utah pushed to start the case and has helped navigate it towards resolution in spite of the risks and Google’s massive defense,” said Utah AG Sean Reyes in a statement.

“We are most pleased the settlement includes many of the injunctive remedies we sought that will change Google’s behavior. The dollar amounts are an added bonus to provide relief to Utahns who use Android apps.”

How gamers can receive payment from Google after settled lawsuit

Google will reportedly pay $630 million directly to consumers, and $70 million to the states with $15 million going to Utah.

A statement from Reyes’ office said gamers won’t have to submit a claim to receive money from the settlement. Rather, Google will pay gamers automatically through PayPal, Venmo, or a bank transfer if they choose that method.

“More details about that process will be forthcoming,” Reyes’ office said in the statement.

Related reading:

 

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah

the state capitol is pictured, the utah supreme court is seeking more information about a redistric...

Adam Small

Utah lawmakers pass two school security bills

The Utah Legislature passed two school security bills. One of them deals with concealed carry incentives for teachers.

4 hours ago

Park City Fire Department and Utah Highway Patrol responded to a rollover crash on I-80. UDOT is lo...

Curt Gresseth

UDOT narrows ideas for Kimball Junction road project to two plans

The goal is to improve traffic congestion and safety in Kimball Junction by adjusting traffic flow along I-80 and SR 224.

6 hours ago

The front windows of an Amtrak train engine are shown, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. The Federal Railroad...

Randall Jeppesen

New Amtrak routes would offer new destinations accessible through SLC

A proposal expands Amtrak destinations reachable through Utah, but UDOT says approval and a finished product are years away.

7 hours ago

A photo taken on the Saratoga Springs shore of Utah Lake on August 21, 2021. State lawmakers are co...

Tammy Kikuchi

A bill could improve Utah Lake and get more water into Great Salt Lake

State lawmakers say the goal of SB270 is to improve Utah Lake and direct more water into Great Salt Lake.

16 hours ago

Generic image of crime scene tape. A man and a woman were shot in a home in Naples, forcing the nea...

Michael Houck

Shooting near Naples Elementary School forces lockdown, two victims hospitalized

A man and a woman were shot in a home in Naples, forcing the nearby Naples Elementary School to lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

16 hours ago

Students walk to their buses after school at Rose Springs Elementary in Erda, Tooele County, on Thu...

Jessica Lowell & Devin Oldroyd

Application process for the Utah Fits All Scholarship now open

The application for the Utah Fits All Scholarship is now open. The scholarship will allow families to apply for up to $8,000 of state funds.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Google settles anticompetitive lawsuit led by Utah Attorney General