DOJ Deepens Split With FTC In Qualcomm Antitrust Appeal

Law360 (September 6, 2019, 8:21 PM EDT) -- With a sweeping injunction covering Qualcomm’s licensing practices paused largely due to national security concerns, the U.S. Department of Justice is backing the chipmaker’s Ninth Circuit appeal on antitrust grounds in a rare move that furthers a divide between the agency and the Federal Trade Commission.

The DOJ, with support from the U.S. departments of Defense and Energy, helped convince the Ninth Circuit late last month to partially stay a district judge's injunction in an FTC enforcement action that would upend the core business model for Qualcomm’s cellular communications chips and related technology. That decision turned on national security concerns the...

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