Google Faces $417 Million-Claim From Czech Search Engine Seznam for Restricting Competition

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Seznam.cz, the Czech Republic’s leading home-grown web search platform, said it had claimed CZK 9.072 billion (roughly $417 million/ Rs. 3,000 crores) in damages from Google, alleging that the US giant restricted competition.

Seznam said Google abused a dominant position on the Czech market with licensed operating systems and application stores for smart devices equipped with Android operating system.

A spokeswoman for Google, a unit of Alphabet, said it could not comment as it had not yet received the claim.

“Based on the European Commission’s decision back in 2018 which confirmed that Google was in breach with EU antitrust rules, we claim the compensation of damage that we have suffered while trying to distribute our applications and services via mobile devices with Android operation system,” Seznam deputy chairman Pavel Zima said.

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