Google sued for removing early adopters' free workspace software

Google sued for removing early adopters’ free workspace software: An early user of Alphabet’s Google‘s Workplace cloud productivity software filed a lawsuit against the business. They were alleging that Google broke a commitment to provide unrestricted access to the software for life.

Gmail, Calendar, Drive for storage, and Google Docs for content production are just a few of the services offered by Google Workplace. Previously known as Google Apps and G Suite.

All users can use some programs for free, but business services like personalized email addresses and shared Drive storage are chargeable.

The Stratford Company LLC filed a lawsuit on behalf of all early users who persuaded to utilize the program while it was still in its infancy. Enabling Google to polish it and subsequently charge for it. In addition, the early adopters guaranteed a free version of Workspace as long as Google made it available. According to Stratford Company.

Google began charging new users $12 (about Rs. 950) per month to use the program in 2012. Google then informed legacy users that they would also tax in 2022.

However, it eventually decided to exempt non-business users of the program.
The lawsuit submit on Friday to the federal court in San Jose.

According to Stratford Company, “Google’s rejection of the philosophy ‘don’t be evil’ is effectively exemplified in this instance.” To boost its wildly inflated revenues, Google, the most valuable portion of a corporation with a value of close to two trillion dollars. Violates a commitment to devoted users who assisted Google in creating a successful product.

The Stratford business is requesting class-action status for all early users, and while the jury will decide the damages. They will likely exceed $5 million (roughly Rs. 40 crores).

An email request for feedback addressed to Google after regular business hours didn’t get a response right away.

Google LLC v. The Stratford Company LLC, 5:22-cv-4547, US District Court, Northern District of California, is the case at hand (San Jose).