The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can move forward with its latest antitrust lawsuit against Meta, a US district judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision is a major victory for the regulator, which had finally been overturned by Judge James Boasberg.
for every Now, Boasberg says the agency can proceed with its complaint thanks to the “more robust and detailed” evidence it has provided with the amended lawsuit, which the Federal Trade Commission has submitted. “Although the agency may face a difficult task down the road in proving its allegations, the court believes that it has now cleared the plea bar and may proceed to discover it,” the judge said.
In October, Meta asked the court, arguing that the FTC had again failed to provide a “factual basis for the monopoly power claim.” The agency’s amended complaint is about twenty pages longer than its original complaint, but it puts forward many of the same arguments. Specifically, the FTC alleges that Facebook used its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp in 2012 and 2014 to secure its dominant position in the social media market.
“It is unfortunate that despite the court’s dismissal of the complaint and the conclusion that it lacked merit in the lawsuit, the FTC has chosen to continue this groundless lawsuit,” the company said at the time. “The FTC’s claims are an attempt to rewrite antitrust laws and unsettled prospects for a merger review, declaring to the business community that there is absolutely no final sale.”
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