The legal hits keep coming for Meta: Just three days after U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg denied the former Facebook’s second motion to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against the company, a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general is taking another shot.
The attorneys general filed their suit in December 2020, at the same time as the FTC, and Boasberg dismissed both lawsuits last June, although he gave the FTC 30 days (later extended) to amend its filing.
Both complaints argued that then-Facebook acquired Instagram and WhatsApp illegally to stifle competition in the social media marketplace and called for the company to divest from the two popular applications.
The coalition, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, filed an appeal brief Friday, arguing that its case was dismissed in error and that the court made legal and factual errors in doing so. Continue Reading