Google to pay 630 million dollars to some users: Check if you are eligible or not


Google has agreed to pay a $700 million settlement to resolve an antitrust complaint, with $630 million set aside for consumer compensation. A portion of the settlement money could be distributed to around 102 million people.

Google to pay 630 million dollars to some users
Google to pay 630 million dollars to some users

 

Google was sued for antitrust violations stemming from its Google Play Store’s dominance in the Android mobile app market. The charge was that Google used its power to form a monopoly, resulting in increased consumer pricing. Google consented to a $700 million settlement, with $630 million of that amount reserved for consumer reimbursements.

According to Business Insider, the $630 million settlement is intended to compensate consumers who may have experienced increased pricing as a result of Google’s claimed monopoly actions. According to the lawyers involved in the case, around 102 million people may be eligible to receive a portion of the settlement money.

Surprisingly, over 70% of individuals who are fully qualified, or around 71.4 million people, may receive automatic compensation. This means that these people would not have to take any action to receive their share of the reward. The distribution method might be designed to automatically identify and reimburse eligible consumers.

This type of settlement is common in class-action cases, in which a large number of individuals, in this case, consumers aggrieved by Google’s alleged actions, can sue a firm (Google) and get money if a settlement is approved by the court.

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As a result, if you used Google’s services or bought apps from the Google Play Store during the relevant time period covered by the complaint, you may be eligible to a portion of the $630 million compensation without having to file a claim. The court or the settlement administrator would most likely define the parameters of eligibility and the distribution process.

Who is eligible to receive the money?

You may be eligible for reimbursement if you have a “legal address” in the United States in your Google payment profile when you purchased an app from the Google Play Store or made an in-app payment between August 16, 2016, and September 30, 2023. Your address may have been in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the United States Virgin Islands.

Those that qualify should expect an email notification. Approximately 70% of those who are eligible will automatically receive paid without having to do anything. Each individual should receive at least $2, but the ultimate amount will be determined by how much money they spent on apps during that time period.

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The email message will be sent to the email address associated with the user’s Google Play Store account. If this email address is linked to a PayPal or Venmo account, payment will almost certainly be made using one of these services. Those who receive payments via PayPal or Venmo will also receive an email verifying the payment.

People who are qualified for higher payouts but did not get money via PayPal, Venmo, or any other method should expect to receive a cheque.
It is yet unknown how the remaining 30% of eligible persons will be able to claim their money. A dedicated website is usually set up for eligible individuals to file claims and obtain payment. If you are a member of this organisation, keep an eye out for updates or instructions on how to claim the money.

 


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