U.S. tech giant Google has filed a legal challenge to the Supreme Court to block the Competition Commission of India (CCI) ruling forcing the company to change how it markets the Android platform, according to Reuters. . India’s antitrust watchdog CCI threatened Google parent Alphabet Inc in October to exploit its dominant position in the Android market, a key growth region in India, powering 97% of India’s smartphones. was fined $161 million for USA major.
The challenge came after Google backed off Wednesday when an appeals court denied the company’s request to block an antitrust ruling.
Google argued that implementing the CCI directive would undermine its long-standing business model and consumer interests, according to Reuters.
Google challenged the court’s ruling on Saturday, according to Supreme Court records. A hearing date has not yet been set.
Reuters earlier this week, citing sources involved in the development, said Google was considering legal challenges as a last resort to block the CCI ruling.
Google’s appeal to the Supreme Court seeks to suspend the CCI’s decision until the appeal is heard, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Google is concerned about India’s decision, and the remedies ordered are seen as broader than the European Commission’s landmark 2018 decision to impose illegal restrictions on Android mobile device makers. increase. Google has challenged a record $4.3 billion fine in the case.
In October, the CCI ruled that Google’s licensing of the Play Store “should not be associated with any pre-installation requirements” for Google Search Services, the Chrome browser, YouTube, or any other Google application.