Mozilla has finally come out in response to the litigation filed against them by Yahoo. Mozilla was given a contractual right to terminate the agreement, if Yahoo was found unacceptable for some reason.
Mozilla's termination of its agreement is "a breach of the plain terms of the parties' contract", Yahoo Holdings/Oath said in a heavily redacted version of its December 1 complaint. Russian Federation and other nearby territories now default to Yandex and in China, it has switched to Baidu. But Yahoo was replaced by Google when Mozilla released the latest version of its browser named Firefox Quantum.
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. It's the fastest Firefox yet built on a completely overhauled engine and a attractive new design. Mayer allowed the inclusion of a clause that will allow Mozilla to continue receiving annual payments of $375 million from Yahoo until 2019 if Yahoo was bought by a company that Mozilla does not want to work with.More news: Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Congress' stand on Ram Janmbhoomi case
Back in 2014, then-president and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer, struck a deal with Mozilla for Yahoo to be the default search engine on the browser.
Mayer did not think that such a thing would happen, but Yahoo's purchase by Verizon triggered the stipulation. The agreement gave Mozilla the right to leave the partnership if, under their discretion and in a specific time period, they did not find the new owner acceptable. In that deal, Mozilla retained the right to walk away and still collect hundreds of millions of dollars a year - if Yahoo was acquired by a new company.
Mozilla legal head Denelle Dixon continued, "Immediately following Yahoo's acquisition, we undertook a lengthy, multi-month process to seek assurances from Yahoo and its acquirers with respect to those factors".More news: Listeriosis outbreak claims 36 lives in S
Writing yesterday on the Mozilla blog, chief business and legal officer Denelle Dixon said her organization chose to terminate its agreement with Yahoo/Oath based on a number of factors, including doing what's best for the brand, its effort to provide quality Web search, and the broader content experience for its users. It has also said that it had to take the decision to remove Yahoo as the default browser because continuing to use Yahoo as the default browser would have had a negative impact. We enter into all of our relationships with a shared goal to deliver a great user experience and further the web as an open platform. The firm says it used its right to bring the relationship to an end. 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.
The original deal, which began in November of 2014, called for Yahoo to become the default search engine on the Firefox browser.
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