DOJ Says 9th Circ. Qualcomm Ruling May Hurt Class Cert.

Law360 (September 16, 2020, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has told the Ninth Circuit that a recent ruling reversing the Federal Trade Commission's win against Qualcomm Inc. could help the chipmaker's bid to upend a massive class of consumers suing over its licensing practices.

The DOJ's antitrust division filed a letter brief on Tuesday in Qualcomm's appeal of a lower-court ruling that certified a class estimated to include up to 250 million cellphone buyers who allegedly overpaid due to the company's standard essential patent licensing policies.

The letter addressed a different Ninth Circuit panel's August decision rejecting the FTC's claims that the policies violate federal...

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