Portugal's Aptoide says wins first court ruling against Google

By On October 22, 2018

Portugal's Aptoide says wins first court ruling against Google

FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen in Zurich
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LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese app store Aptoide said on Monday a local court has ruled against Alphabet Inc's Google, ordering it to stop removing Aptoide's app from users' mobile phones without their knowledge in a landmark case.

"This...is the first case of an EU national court enforcing a clear separation of Android layer and the services layer," Aptoide said in a statement, quoting its lawyer Carlos Nestal. "We believe this may apply to o ther situations where Google has competition."

Aptoide, whose complaints against Google alongside several other entities have already led to European Commission charges against the U.S. giant, is also preparing a lawsuit to seek yet unspecified damages from Google, it said. Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

(Reporting By Andrei Khalip, Catarina Demony and Foo Yun Chee, editing by Axel Bugge)

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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