Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and Google entered into a settlement agreement

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The court approved FAS and Google settlement agreement concerning Android.  The agreement has a term of 6 years and 9 months, said Deputy head of FAS Alexei Dotsenko at a press conference.

Within two months Google must pay all FAS fines, but the Department assumes that it will happen sooner. In addition, the company will fulfill all of the Department’s requirements .

“The Appeal Court upheld the judgment of the Court of First Instance, confirming legitimacy of FAS decision and determination. “Google” now must execute the determination in full within the designated period. We are confident that executing the determination will create fair conditions for efficient competition on the fast-growing market of mobile applications”, emphasized the Head of FAS Department for Regulating Communications and Information Technologies, Elena Zaeva.

FAS hopes that after a settlement agreement with Google the market competition will be maintained, said Dotsenko.
Google will develop a “selection box” search engine for the existing and future Android devices, said the representative of the FAS.

Looking back…

On 17 August 2016, the 9th Arbitration Appeal Court pronounced legitimacy and reasonableness of the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) on a case against “Google” abusing dominance on the market of preset application stores in Android Operation System, localized for the Russian Federation.

The case was opened upon a complaint from “Yandex”.  Investigating the case, the FAS Commission established that “Google” was giving Google Play applications stores to mobile devices vendors to be preset on devices controlled by Android OS that were intended for sale in the Russian Federation. The conditions for offering the applications stores included mandatory preset of Google applications and the search system and their mandatory placement on the priority positions on the main device screen.

Such actions by “Google” resulted on banning preset applications from other vendors.

On 18 September 2015, FAS found that “Google Inc.”, “Google Ireland Ltd.” violated the antimonopoly law by abusing dominance (Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”) and issued a determination to eliminate the violation by 18 November 2015. The company, however, disagreed with the FAS decision and filed a lawsuit to Arbitration Court.

The Court of First Instance and Appeal Court fully supported FAS decision.

 

 

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