Google already appears to have the upper hand in a legal case about whether the company should face anti-trust charges owing to the dominance of its Android operating system after a judge raised concerns about the paucity of evidence being presented.
The case relates to the fact that Android smartphones come bundled with other Google services. This, according to the two consumers who brought the case, limits competition from rivals such as Microsoft.
Google has said in response that owners of Android smartphones are free to download other apps from the Google Play store. However, the claimants argue that most phone owners don't know how to do this or won't bother.
However, in the first stages of a hearing determining whether there is a case to answer, US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman raised concerns that she does not see much of a case being presented by the claimaints.
"The speculative nature of the damages is really quite concerning to me," Freeman said, as reported by Reuters.
Reuters added that Judge Freeman said she was minded to dismiss the lawsuit, but will give the claimaints a chance to present more information to persuade her otherwise.
Google will, of course, be hoping that the case does get thrown out, as it is already facing plenty of legal tussles in nations around the world.
Google is facing similar scrutiny in Europe. Rivals including Microsoft and Oracle have submitted documents arguing that Google abuses its position in the market.
Meanwhile, European MEPs voted recently on the notion that Google should be broken up as one possible way to counter its dominance in the search market.
Such a move is unlikely, but the fact that the vote was passed underlines the strength of feeling against Google.
Google was also threatened with a €15m fine by the Dutch Data Protection Authority earlier this week regarding privacy policies the firm introduced in 2012.
Fines have already been issued in France and Spain, and the UK is expected to make a ruling on its investigation in the new year.
Google also faces the possibility of legal action in the UK in 2015 over the long-running Safari privacy tracking case as the Court of Appeal considers whether the company can be tried under existing UK legislation.
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