FTC drops antitrust case against Qualcomm

The US Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) on Monday gave up on its antitrust case against Qualcomm, dropping it reasonably than asking the Supreme Courtroom to weigh in. 

In an announcement, Appearing FTC Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter stated she nonetheless believes Qualcomm violated antitrust legal guidelines. Nevertheless, she stated the fee confronted “vital headwinds… on this matter.”

The FTC first filed a complaint against Qualcomm in 2017, charging that the corporate has a monopoly in baseband processors. The fee stated Qualcomm used its place to suppress competitors and overcharge smartphone producers.

In 2019, a choose for the US District Courtroom for the Northern District of California dominated in favor of the FTC. Nevertheless, in August 2020, that call was reversed by a three-judge panel of the US Courtroom of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The FTC requested the total Courtroom of Appeals to rethink, however that request was denied. 

The fee’s final choice was to ask the Supreme Courtroom to evaluate the Courtroom of Appeals choice. 

In her assertion, Slaughter stated the district courtroom’s 2019 conclusion that Qualcomm violated the antitrust legal guidelines “was fully appropriate” and instructed the company plans to take an aggressive posture towards alleged monopolies.  

“Now greater than ever, the FTC and different regulation enforcement businesses have to boldly implement the antitrust legal guidelines to protect towards abusive habits by dominant companies, together with in high-technology markets and people who contain mental property,” she stated. “I’m significantly involved concerning the potential for anticompetitive or unfair habits within the context of normal setting and the FTC will carefully monitor conduct on this enviornment.”