State AGs appeal dismissal of their antitrust suit against Facebook

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a "Defend Democracy" rally, taking spot connected the archetypal day of the January 6, 2021 onslaught connected the U.S. Capitol, successful Brooklyn, New York, U.S., January 6, 2022.

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A conjugation of attorneys wide from astir 50 states and territories appealed a judge's dismissal of its antitrust case against Facebook successful a new filing connected Friday.

The states, led by New York AG Letitia James, argued the justice wrongly dismissed their case, which alleged Facebook, present known arsenic Meta, illegally maintained monopoly powerfulness and made unlawful acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp to foreclose competition.

In June, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg wrote that the agelong play of clip the states waited to situation the acquisitions was unprecedented connected the authorities level and said its claims astir Facebook's effort to amass powerfulness done its information policies were not amerciable nether antitrust law.

The states reason successful their entreaty that the court's determination of an unreasonable hold successful filing its lawsuit "does not use against sovereign States suing to support the nationalist interest, similar the States here." They besides wrote that the justice erred successful determining Facebook's information policies could not interruption antitrust law.

Additionally, the states argued the territory tribunal justice wrongly presumed Facebook stopped the alleged unlawful behaviour connected its level by 2018 and that injunctive alleviation should not beryllium disposable successful that case. But the states argued unlawful behaviour continued and that the alleviation remains disposable adjacent aft the behaviour stops.

At the aforesaid clip that helium dismissed the states' case, Boasberg dismissed a akin complaint from the Federal Trade Commission, filed the aforesaid time arsenic the states' case, but helium gave the bureau different accidental to marque its argument. Earlier this week, helium granted the FTC the quality to determination guardant with its case, aft it filed a beefed-up mentation of its ailment addressing astir of his qualms.

Meta did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

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