Mozilla and Yahoo! launch high-cost lawsuit

Mozilla files counter suit against Yahoo & Oath

Nearly exactly three years later, when Firefox Quantum was released, on November 14 2017, Mozilla reverted to making Google the default search engine in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan, while retaining Yandex In Russia, Turkey, Belarus and Kazakhstan and Baidu in China.

Now, Yahoo's parent company, Oath (Verizon), is suing Mozilla for breach of contract.

Mozilla has responded to a lawsuit from Yahoo Holding and Oath for improper termination of the agreement make Yahoo the default search engine in Firefox by filing a cross complaint for breach of contract. The case was filed by Verizon in the Court of California on 1st of December.

We remain focused on the recent launch of Firefox Quantum and our commitment to protecting the internet as a global public resource, especially at a time when user rights like net neutrality and privacy are under attack. The response has been full of adulation and admiration due to the contemporary interface of the web browser as well as the improved third-party extension system. And Google became pretty desperate to get people to switch their default search engine back by placing messages at the top of search results.

Yahoo/Oath have not commented on Mozilla's countersuit. The company also says that the original deal obligates Yahoo to continue to make annual payments to Mozilla, even though Yahoo is no longer the default search engine.

The terms of that contract revealed that the company that would purchase Yahoo would pay Mozilla $375 million per year up to 2019.

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On Tuesday, Mozilla detailed the decision in a blog post, saying it spent months studying how the new Verizon-owned Yahoo might affect Firefox's web search, the user experience, and the brand.

We recently exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo based on a number of factors including doing what's best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users.

In 2014 the organisation ditched Google and picked Yahoo! for a five-year deal.

Summary: The new owner of Yahoo is getting into a legal battle with Mozilla over a poorly made contract by former CEO Marissa Mayer.

Yahoo Search consistently failed to retain users and search volume over time, reducing the potential revenue [for Mozilla] under the Strategic Agreement. The firm says it used its right to bring the relationship to an end.

Mozilla continued these types of discussions with Yahoo in March 2015, reiterating that Mozilla "wants improvement for both parties to grow marketshare", but the "current experience is causing users to move". Still, we are proud of how we conducted our business and product work throughout the relationship, how we handled the termination of the agreement, and we are confident in our legal positions. In the midst of the negotiations, some fine print in the Mozilla / Yahoo contract surfaced.

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