Judge dismisses class-action antitrust lawsuit, accusing Apple and Google of collusion

Google and Apple accused of conspiring to control the search market

Class action against Apple and Google suggested that company executives met secretly to agree to crack down on the search market, but the proposal was rejected by a California judge.

Claims against Apple and Google are a dime a dozen, but some leave the court as quickly as they came. Many have speculated that there is some kind of secret agreement between Apple and Google beyond what is known, and some have believed it enough to sue him.

California Judge Rita Lin dismissed all of the plaintiffs' claims, but left open the possibility of amending one claim for retrial, according to court records seen by AppleInsider. Plaintiffs have 30 days to file a second amended complaint.

The first allegation stated that Apple and Google entered into a secret agreement under which Apple would not compete in the search business in exchange for sharing profits from Google. This claim was denied without leave to amend.

The second charge alleges that the default search engine exclusivity agreement between Apple and Google eliminated the possibility of competition. The plaintiffs did not provide sufficient evidence and were given the opportunity to amend their claim, but it was previously denied.

Plaintiffs failed to demonstrate antitrust violations or damages from the alleged conduct. The judge dismissed these claims without leave to amend them, and also denied the plaintiff's motion to collect the debt.

If the judge does not find the refiled complaints sufficient, the case will be dismissed with prejudice, meaning the plaintiffs will not be able to file those claims again. Meanwhile, the Justice Department's antitrust investigation is still ongoing, with no end in sight.

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