US Chamber of Commerce sided with Facebook in antitrust appeal

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The powerful US Chamber of Commerce has filed a memorandum, urging the DC Court of Appeals to dismiss an appeal by a large group of US states to revive an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook’s Meta Platform.

With the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Business Roundtable, the chamber argued that the district court judge who heard the case was right to dismiss it because states waited so long to present their case.

The powerful US Chamber of Commerce has filed a memorandum, urging the DC Court of Appeals to dismiss an appeal by a large group of US states to revive an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook’s Meta Platform.

With the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Business Roundtable, the chamber argued that the district court judge who heard the case was right to dismiss it because states waited so long to present their case.

Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last July dismissed the states’ lawsuit against Facebook, saying it was late in challenging the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Boasberg, who also dismissed a lawsuit brought by the US Federal Trade Commission, allowed the agency to resubmit its complaint but did not do so to states.

The group of 46 states, and the District of Columbia, argued that Boisberg misjudged that they had waited so long for the lawsuit to be filed and asked the Court of Appeals to return the case.

Business organizations also said states were wrong that Facebook broke the law with exclusionary behavior, in implementing what states called a “buy or burial strategy.” The business groups’ brief described the situation as “suspicious and dangerous,” USNews quoted Reuters as saying.

Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last July dismissed the states’ lawsuit against Facebook, saying it was late in challenging the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Boasberg, who also dismissed a lawsuit brought by the US Federal Trade Commission, allowed the agency to resubmit its complaint but did not do so to states.

The group of 46 states, and the District of Columbia, argued that Boisberg misjudged that they had waited so long to file the case and asked the Court of Appeals to reinstate the case.

Business organizations also said states were wrong that Facebook broke the law with exclusionary behavior, in implementing what states called a “buy or burial strategy.” The Business Groups Brief described this situation as “suspicious and dangerous”.



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