Google has won the dismissal of an anti-trust case about the Android operating system in use on smartphones in the US.
The case related to Android smartphones coming bundled with other Google services such as YouTube. This limits competition from rivals such as Microsoft, according to the consumers who brought the case.
Google had said in response that owners of Android smartphones are free to download other apps from the Google Play store. However, the claimants argued that most phone owners do not know how to do this or would not bother.
Judge Beth Freeman has now ruled that she could see no case for Google to answer.
"Their alleged injuries - supracompetitive prices and threatened loss of innovation and consumer choice - are not the necessary means by which defendant is allegedly accomplishing its anti-competitive ends," Freeman wrote in her decision.
The ruling is unsurprising given Freeman's comments in December when she said that the case appeared to be without merit and that she would take serious convincing to believe otherwise.
"The speculative nature of the damages is really quite concerning to me," Freeman had said.
The claimants have 21 days to issue an appeal against the ruling.
V3 contacted Google for comment on the decision but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Google will no doubt be glad to have the case out of the way, as the company faces several other legal issues around the world, including in the UK where it has been ordered to amend its privacy policies by the Information Commissioner's Office.
The firm also faces a similar Android anti-trust case in Europe where rivals including Microsoft and Oracle have submitted documents arguing that Google abuses its position in the market.
Google also faces the possibility of legal action in the UK 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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