Follow Gizmodo, the above class action lawsuit was filed in a court in California (USA) earlier this week, naming Apple, Google and CEOs Tim Cook from Apple and Sundar Pichai from Google. The content of the lawsuit alleges that these two corporations have created underground agreements, seriously violating US antitrust laws.
In the lawsuit, the two CEOs are alleged to have held “regular secret meetings” to negotiate profits for Apple to prioritize Google search engine over their devices, with an estimated amount that Google has “run” for Apple is 50 billion USD.
Google is accused of “running money” on Apple to set it as the default search engine on Apple devices
The lawsuit asks the court to ban the “no encroachment” agreement between Google and Apple, terminate the agreement to divide percentages and preferential treatment, and end billions of dollars in payments. In addition, the lawsuit also requires Apple to return all illicit revenues from the search engine agreement to Google.
Not only that, the lawsuit also calls for the separation of Google and Apple into separate and independent companies, as it did with Standard Oil in 1911 – divided into 34 separate entities under the Antitrust Act. Sherman rights.
Before being denounced, the agreement between Apple and Google was not a secret. Even this has long been in the sights of US and UK antitrust authorities.