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Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws

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In January, the judge in the case will rule on how Google will need to change its business to comply with the law.

Epic Games, the creator of popular game Fortnite, sued Google over “anticompetitive conduct” after the company took the game off its app store.

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Google lost an antitrust lawsuit filed by video game maker Epic Games, with a jury finding the tech giant's mobile-phone app store is an illegal monopoly.

The decision is a major blow to the tech giant, which has mostly been able to avoid losing lawsuits and being forced to make changes to its products despite years of investigations into allegations that its practices break competition laws. The jury's decision could open up other Big Tech companies to challenges on how they control pricing and payments on their massive internet platforms.

On Monday, a jury here answered yes to each of the 11 questions put to Google, including whether Google has a monopoly in how apps are distributed on Android phones, whether Google broke competition laws in how it ran its app store and whether the company set up special deals with some companies to keep them from building competing app stores of their own.

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