Yahoo, Oath sue Mozilla over end of Firefox search contract

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 09:27 CET | News

Mozilla announced that Yahoo Holdings and Oath have sued the company for ending its search agreement with Yahoo. Mozilla filed a cross-complaint against Yahoo Holdings and Oath for breach of contract.

Mozilla announced last month that it would stop using Yahoo search on the Firefox web browser in the US. Yahoo and Oath sued the company on 01 December in California for breach of contract, but Mozilla claims it was within its rights due to an expected change in service following the acquisition of Yahoo's web services by Oath, part of Verizon. 

Mozilla said it choice the search provider based on "what’s best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users". After evaluating the impact of Yahoo's acquisition, "it became clear that continuing to use Yahoo as our default search provider would have a negative impact on all of the above", Mozilla said, so it exercised the contractual right to terminate the agreement. 

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