Shenma, the mobile search unit of Alibaba has filed a lawsuit against Sogou for traffic hijacking, local media has reported (in Chinese).

In the filing, the mobile search company accused Sougou of misleading and reeling in potential Shenma users through Sogou Input Method. Shenma is seeking RMB 100 million ($16 million) in compensation.

The lawsuit marks a collision between two of China’s most popular mobile search services. Shenma and Sogou took the second and third spot in China’s mobile search sector (in Chinese), representing 18.5% and 15.2% of the market respectively. Baidu still topped the list with 64.3%, according to data from third part research institute Big Data Search.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.