A complaint was filed against Mozilla on December 1 by Yahoo Holdings and Oath in which Yahoo Holdings and Oath claimed that they are terminating the agreement between Yahoo and Mozilla.
The web browser suppliers and the search engine both sued each other and ended their partnership. Agreements with search engines generated around US$300 million a year for Mozilla which is a 90% of its income, the agreements between web browser suppliers and search engine providers are a business that involves huge amount.
Mozilla has filed a cross-complaint against Yahoo Holdings and Oath, Mozilla filed a complaint about a breach of contract.
Yahoo and Mozilla struck a deal in 2014. According to the deal, Yahoo was set as the default search engine in Firefox for 2019 but Yahoo Holdings and Oath improperly terminated the agreement two years early.
Mozilla released an official statement on the matter. The statement reads, “On December 1, Yahoo Holdings and Oath filed a legal complaint against Mozilla in Santa Clara County court claiming that we improperly terminated our agreement. On December 5, Mozilla filed a cross-complaint seeking to ensure that our rights under our contract with Yahoo are enforced.”
The statement continued, “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.”
Mozilla concluded, “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.”
Now, Mozilla cleared that it wants to receive annual payments from Yahoo until the end date of the contract, even if Yahoo no longer Firefox’s default search browser. Mozilla claimed that taking the actions under their contract with Yahoo that was signed in 2014. Former CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer made the problematic deal in an attempt to keep Mozilla away from Google.