The Court: Google violated antimonopoly legislation

14-03-2016 | 13:06

The Moscow Arbitration Court found legal the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (the FAS Russia) on case on Google’s abuse of dominance on the market of pre-installed app stores on the Android OS localized for the Russian Federation.

The case was initiated on the complaint of Yandex. In course of the case proceedings, the Commission of the FAS Russia found that Google provided mobile devices manufacturers with Google play app store for pre-installation on Android OS mobile devices adopted for the Russian Federation. Conditions of app store provision include obligatory pre-installation of Google apps as well as its searching engine and their obligatory location on the main screen of a mobile device.

Google actions led to prohibition of pre-installation of apps of other producers.

On September 18th, 2015 the FAS Russia found Google Inc, Google Ireland Ltd violated antimonopoly legislation in part of abuse of its dominant position (Part 1, Article 10 Federal law “On Protection of Competition” and prescribed to eliminate violations until November, 18th, 2015. The Company did not agree with authority’s decision and appeal it to the Arbitration Court.

The Court fully supported the decision of the FAS Russia.