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Taipei gov't won't appeal Google app lawsuit ruling

TAIPEI--The Taipei city government has decided not to appeal a Taipei High Administrative Court ruling that the government has no authority to ask Google to revise the terms of sale for its mobile apps.

The city's Department of Legal Affairs said that in consideration of the best interests of consumers, Taipei has decided not to appeal the case and hopes the dispute can be brought to a close.

Google and the Taipei city government went head-to-head on whether the Internet giant should offer consumers the right to cancel their purchases of apps within just 15 minutes of purchase rather than within seven days of the transaction.

The Taipei High Administrative Court said in its ruling last month that Google's practice of offering consumers a 15-minute return policy rather than the seven days as stipulated by local law is not something that the city government can regulate under Taiwan's Consumer Protection Law.

For that reason, the court said, the city government is in no position to order Google to revise its practice, much less impose the NT$1 million (NT$33,821) fine it levied in June 2011.

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