October 22, 2018 / 4:33 PM / a month ago

Portugal's Aptoide says wins first court ruling against Google

LISBON, Oct 22 (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 other 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)

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