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State AGs appeal dismissal of their antitrust suit against Facebook


Letitia James, New York State Attorney General, speaks at a rally called “Defend Democracy”, which took place in Brooklyn on January 6, 2021, the anniversary of the attack on America’s Capitol. It was held in Brooklyn, New York.

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The appeal was made by a coalition of almost 50 attorney generals from all fifty states and territories. judge’s dismissal of its antitrust caseFor FacebookIn the following: new filingOn Friday.

Letitia James (New York AG) argued for the states that Letitia James had incorrectly dismissed their case. allegedFacebook, also known as Meta, unlawfully retained monopoly control and illegally acquired WhatsApp, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to eliminate competition.

In JuneJames Boasberg from the U.S. District court wrote that the lengthy delay by the states to question the acquisitions was unheard of at the state level. It also said that Facebook’s claim about its attempts to acquire power through data policies is not illegally under antitrust laws.

In their appeal, the states claim that the court’s finding of unreasonable delay in filing the case does not apply to sovereign States who are suing for the protection of the public interest. In addition, they claimed the judge made a mistake in ruling that Facebook’s data policies were not contrary to antitrust law.

Also, states claimed that the district judge incorrectly concluded that Facebook had stopped the alleged illegal conduct on its platform in 2018 and injunctive relief should be denied in this case. The states countered that unlawful behavior continued, and that relief is available regardless of when the conduct ceases.

Boasberg dismissed the state’s case at the same moment. dismissed a similar complaintFrom the Federal Trade Commission. He filed it the same day the states did, but gave the agency another opportunity to argue. He had filed the same day as the states’ case, but he gave it another chance to make its argument. granted the FTC the ability to move forward with its caseIt filed a revised version of its complaint that addressed the majority of his concerns.

Meta didn’t immediately reply to our request for comment.

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