Jun 28, 2021

US judge throws out Facebook anti-trust lawsuits

A US federal court has dismissed two separate anti-trust lawsuits filed against Facebook. In the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruling, Judge Boasberg wrote that the FTC's complaint was "Legally insufficient" and had to be dismissed, because the FTC had "Failed to plead enough facts" to back up its claim that Facebook was stifling competition. "The FTC's complaint says almost nothing concrete on the key question of how much power Facebook actually had, and still has, in a properly defined anti-trust product market," wrote Judge Boasberg. In March, Facebook petitioned the federal court to dismiss the lawsuits, describing the FTC complaint as "Nonsensical". The firm said the FTC's case "Ignores the reality of the dynamic, intensely competitive high-tech industry in which Facebook operates".

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