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Google’s Bid to Dismiss Antitrust Suit Over Maps Met With Contention

 |  February 13, 2024

Google is fighting tooth and nail to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit concerning its Maps product. The lawsuit, filed in California, accuses the tech behemoth of coercing users to eschew competing mapping services, a charge Google vehemently refutes.

The case, which dates back to 2021, has been marked by a series of legal maneuvers, with Google now seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice. The company argues that the plaintiffs’ latest attempt fails to present a viable tying claim and is laden with extraneous details and antitrust terminology.

The plaintiffs, a group of individuals affected by what they perceive as Google’s coercive tactics, allege that the tech giant knowingly directs users through hazardous routes in Cape Town, South Africa. Despite being aware of the risks, Google purportedly continues this practice, leading to perilous situations for unsuspecting travelers. This, the plaintiffs argue, constitutes a breach of antitrust laws.

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In response, Google asserts that the foundation of the plaintiffs’ case is weak and built upon irrelevant information and antitrust rhetoric. The company maintains that its Maps product stands as a testament to years of innovation and user-centric design, emphasizing that users opt for it due to its superior functionality and reliability.

Google’s plea for dismissal hinges on the assertion that the plaintiffs have failed to substantiate a viable tying claim, a critical component in any antitrust litigation. The company contends that there is no evidence to support the notion that users are coerced into using Google Maps, dismissing the allegations as speculative and unfounded.

Source: BNN Breaking