Mozilla, Yahoo sue each other over Firefox's default search2017-12-07 13:15 by Daniela
Tags: Mozilla, Yahoo, Firefox
In yet another tech battle of the titans, Mozilla and Yahoo are suing each other over a contract that set Yahoo as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser.
Back in 2014, then-president and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer, struck a deal with Mozilla for Yahoo to be the default search engine on the browser. However, now Mozilla has decided to exit the deal and take up with Google.
According to Recode, the terms of the agreement stipulated that whomever acquired Yahoo would be obligated to pay Mozilla "annual payments of $375 million through 2019, even if [Mozilla] does not think the buyer was one it wanted to work with and walked away."
Yahoo Holdings and Oath, the company that runs the Yahoo search engine and which is owned by Verizon, filed a complaint against Mozilla on December 1 at the Superior Court for California, after Mozilla revealed it was changing its default search engine.
"Yahoo has suffered and will continue to suffer competitive injury to its business and reputation, among other harm, and Mozilla's material breaches and bad-faith conduct are a substantial factor in causing such harm," the claim states.
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