Google is claiming $ 417 million from the Czech search engine Seznam

Seznam.cz, the leading domestic web search platform in the Czech Republic, said it has asked Google for damages of CZK 9.072 billion (around USD 417 million / 3,000 crores) for the US giant restricting competition .

According to Seznam, Google has abused a dominant position in the Czech market with licensed operating systems and application stores for smart devices with the Android operating system.

A spokeswoman for Google, a unit of Alphabet, said she couldn’t comment because she hadn’t received the request.

“Based on the 2018 European Commission decision confirming that Google is violating EU antitrust rules, we are seeking compensation for damage we sustained trying to use our applications and services on Android mobile devices -Operating system spread, “said Seznam Deputy Chairman Pavel Zima said.

Google has denied claims that it wrongly preferred its own services. It is said that its users are unbanned and that the competition on the internet is just a click away.

“Android gives people unprecedented choices in choosing which applications to install, use, and default on their devices, and enables millions of app developers around the world to build successful businesses,” said Google.

Seznam said that based on the period between 2011 and 2018, the lawsuit had been sent to Google in the last few days with 30 days notice and was ready to initiate civil action.

With a 25 percent share of the Czech search market, Seznam achieved a turnover of 4.69 billion CZK (around 1,600 billion rupees) in 2019 and, since 2011, a cumulative turnover of 32 billion CZK (around 10,900 billion rupees).

Reuters reported in November that a group of 165 companies and industry associations have urged the European Union’s antitrust authorities to take a tougher line against Google.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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