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Qualcomm Can't Escape Pared-Down Consumer Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (November 13, 2017, 9:21 PM EST) -- A California federal judge has ruled that consumers cannot seek damages from Qualcomm over its patent licensing practices under federal antitrust law, but she rejected the chipmaker's bid to dismiss state law claims in the proposed class action.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh refused Friday to toss the phone buyers' entire suit, which echoes similar claims from antitrust enforcers and Apple Inc. that Qualcomm used its dominance to strong-arm device makers into paying higher royalties and agree to anti-competitive licensing terms.

But she concluded that the...
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