State AGs to battle dismissal of Fb antitrust claims

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference to announce criminal justice reform on May 21, 2021 in New York City, United States.

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Attorneys-General who accused Facebook of illegal monopoly will oppose the court’s dismissal of their claims, according to a court file on Wednesday.

AGs from 48 states and territories filed the complaint a month after a judge dismissed their complaint and that of the Federal Trade Commission.

“We appealed because we disagree with the court’s decision and have to hold Facebook responsible for stifling competition, reducing innovation and cutting privacy,” said New York attorney general Letitia James, the bipartisan Coalition cited in a statement Wednesday. “We can no longer allow Facebook to profit from the exploitation of consumer data.”

Although the judge gave the FTC, which had filed a similar lawsuit against Facebook, one more option to amend and resubmit their complaint, he did not offer plaintiffs the same legal route. The judge said the states’ long delay in contesting the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions was unprecedented at this level.

The court initially set the deadline for the FTC to file an amended complaint this week, but that deadline has since been postponed to August 19 antitrust matters affecting their business based on earlier critical comments made by them and their former Employers have made about the industry.

Khan and the FTC have not yet responded to the petition, but they will likely have to deal with it before proceeding with an amended complaint. The FTC could also choose to file the complaint with its own administrative judge and forego going to the federal court.

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