Google is facing another legal battle after a US court gave mapping company Skyhook permission to continue with a case against the search monolith.
Google had moved to have the case - which alleges the company used its dominant position to scupper Skyhook's business partnerships - thrown out of court.
Justice Judith Fabricant, however, ruled that the case could go ahead because the court “couldn't conclude that the theory lacks viability” and allowed the case to proceed to the “discovery phase”, when both companies will be able to build their cases.
Skyhook, which runs a geolocation service for mobile devices, claims Google used its size and power to destabilise Skyhook's chances of being the built-in mapping service in Motorola and Samsung devices.
The judge remains sceptical of Skyhook's case, however, saying “whether Skyhook will be able to elicit evidence to support that theory remains to be seen”.
Google maintains that it already had a working relationship with Motorola, while Samsung based its decision not to use Skyhook's services on performance and price.