FTC Facing Qualcomm Alone As Trump Admin. Turns On Case

Law360 (July 17, 2019, 8:03 PM EDT) -- The public gulf between the Federal Trade Commission and the rest of the Trump administration widened dramatically Tuesday when the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy joined the Justice Department to voice direct opposition to the FTC's antitrust win against Qualcomm.

Where once it had avoided the merits of the FTC case against Qualcomm's long-standing "no license, no chips" policy, the DOJ is now attacking the underlying case directly as it backs Qualcomm's bid, at the outset of the company's Ninth Circuit appeal, to pause a district court mandate for the company to tear up its allegedly anti-competitive contracts.

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