More than 40 state attorneys general on Wednesday said they planned to appeal the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, setting up a protracted legal battle to rein in the Amazon giant’s power. Silicon Valley.
The states will push back on a decision made last month by a federal judge who rejected their argument that Facebook gained a monopoly through its acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 and harmed competition. The judge said that attempts by regulators to break up the social media company came too many years after the merger was approved.
“The court is not aware of any case and the plaintiffs provided no information in which a long delay in seeking such a remedy was dealt with in a cause not filed by the federal government,” said U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg for the District of Columbia.
State attorneys general have 90 days from the date of notice to file an appeal, including their arguments.
Mr. Boasberg also rejected a similar complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission, criticizing the agency’s proprietary claims, but he directed the agency to rewrite his complaint. The FTC is expected to resubmit its lawsuit to the court on Aug. 19. The states’ announcement of the appeal plan does not include new antitrust arguments and has been filed with the Court. United States Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Facebook has flatly denied lawsuits by federal and state regulators, saying most of the evidence used against the company has now been presented to the FTC when that agency approved the merger. entered many years ago. The company argued that it had no monopoly, pointing to competition from Snap, Twitter and messaging apps.