By Dean Seal

 

Google parent Alphabet has reached a tentative settlement with a coalition of states to resolve antitrust litigation accusing the company of operating its app store as an illegal monopoly.

Alphabet and the states, led by Utah, told a California federal judge on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement in principle to settle claims that Google has monopolized the distribution of apps on mobile devices that run the Google-owned Android operating system.

The sides plan to provide a more comprehensive agreement to the court for approval in about 30 days, according to a court filing.

The terms of the tentative deal weren't disclosed. A representative for Google declined to comment.

States filed suit against the tech giant in July 2021, arguing that Google's app store practices were blocking competition through contracts, technical barriers and other means. Google has responded that it provides an open operating system that allows customers to download apps directly from developers' websites for free.

Google has been hit with a number of lawsuits from state and federal officials in recent years. It is preparing for trial this month in an antitrust case from 38 state attorneys general and the Justice Department targeting its dominant search-engine business.

 

Write to Dean Seal at dean.seal@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

September 06, 2023 11:24 ET (15:24 GMT)

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