WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, issued the statement below following the announcement that a group of 36 states and Washington D.C. are suing Google alleging that the company’s control over its Android app store violates antitrust law.
“This is exactly the type of aggressive antitrust enforcement that we need to rein in the power of big tech and address America’s monopoly problem.
“At the recent hearing I chaired on app stores, we heard compelling testimony about the ways Apple and Google exclude or suppress apps that compete with their own products and charge excessive fees to some businesses using their app stores. If these actions aren’t proof of serious competition problems, I don’t know what is, and I commend these Attorneys General for taking action.
“The case for sweeping antitrust reform is clear, and I will continue to fight in Washington to reinvigorate competition policy so our economy can thrive and consumers can get the fair treatment they deserve.”
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