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District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss FTC Section 5 Complaint Against Qualcomm

Greg Sivinski, Competition Policy International, August 16, 2017

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Early this year, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a complaint in the Northern District of California charging Qualcomm with violating Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits “unfair methods of competition.” The FTC’s complaint alleges that Qualcomm used anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly in the supply of baseband processors for use in cell phones and other consumer products. It further contends that Qualcomm has market and monopoly power in the markets for CDMA baseband processors and Premium LTE baseband processors.

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