South Dakota joins coalition of states in lawsuit against Google

South Dakota joins coalition of states in lawsuit against GooglePIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota has joined a number of states in an antitrust lawsuit against Google for illegal, anti-competitive, and unfair business practices.

Co-led by Attorneys General in Utah, New York, Tennessee, and North Carolina, Utah v. Google focuses on exclusionary conduct that results in consumers paying up to 30% more for in-app purchases on apps in the Google Play Store.

It also alleges that Google didn’t keep its promise of remaining an “open source” platform – something it used to entice device manufacturers and service providers – and used contractual restraints to discourage and restrict competition.

“Most consumers have no idea that for years Google has imposed unnecessary fees far beyond the market rates for in-app transactions, unlawfully inflating costs for many services, upgrades and other purchases made through apps downloaded on the Google Play Store,” said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. “As a result, a typical American consumer may have paid hundreds if not thousands of dollars more than needed over many years.”

The effort is led by Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, New York Attorney General Letitia James, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III. The other states joining the lawsuit include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

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