Google and Apple file petition with U.S. District Court judge against bizarre antitrust lawsuit / Digital Information World

Tech giants Google and Apple are urging a federal court judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them over antitrust allegations.

According to media reports, the case arose after Google’s longstanding status as the default browser in Apple’s Safari.

But the tech companies dismiss the allegations as baseless and instead provide ample evidence to judges that their famous research deal was never a secret. Instead, many knew about it, not to mention the fact that it had been public for 15 years.

On top of that, Apple and Google have argued that the deal doesn’t violate any privacy protocols or run counter to the anti-conspiracy campaigns described.

Recent documents filed with the Federal Court revealed how it was made clear from the outset how Google would be Safari’s default web browser and those using the device were told. Additionally, Google also made payments to its partner in accordance with an agreement that has been widely reported in the past.

This came in the form of a recent petition filed with Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. in the District Court nationwide.

In addition to this, both companies have blatantly mentioned that no public evidence has been made available on how they carried out an illegal conspiracy as all cases were conducted according to law.

This particular lawsuit in question came into play in California last year when it was filed by the Crane School. They accused Google of following a plot that would avoid competition in the search engine industry.

Both companies argue that the accusations are so irrelevant and outlandish that the case should not be cleared by the party involved.

Google also explained how strange it was to see the complainant mention without any factual evidence that he had no idea how long the conspiracy lasted and did not give details of the alleged negotiations and agreement between the senior executives of both companies.

This includes the absence of witnesses or substantiated statements on the matter or even proof of the document relating to the agreement in question. And for that reason, it wouldn’t be wrong to call it weird due to the lack of direct evidence.

Apple and Google hope to see the lawsuit soon dismissed due to a lack of clarification provided against allegations of a vague search agreement that the plaintiff says helped drive up ad prices.

H/T: MediaPost

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