Why FTC V. Qualcomm Follow-On Suits Are Worth Watching

Law360, New York (February 27, 2017, 2:36 PM EST) -- Jason A. Levine

Jeremy Keeney

John Andren The experience of Qualcomm Inc. over the last month has borne out an old litigation maxim: Where the government enforcers go, private plaintiffs follow.

In January, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court against Qualcomm, alleging the company unlawfully maintained a monopoly in baseband processors. These are semiconductor devices that enable cellular communications in cellphones. See Complaint, FTC v. Qualcomm Inc., No. 5:17-cv-00220 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 17, 2017). Specifically, the FTC argues that Qualcomm’s practices of (1) requiring customers to pay a royalty based on the use of competing baseband...

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