Decide in U.S. case towards Fb delays trial preparation

The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this image illustration taken on December 2, 2019. REUTERS / Johanna Geron / Illustration / File Photo

The US government antitrust judge against Facebook Inc (FB.O) said Tuesday the social media company’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit “poses a number of grave challenges” and puts the discovery process on hold.

In a brief ruling, Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the Columbia District said he expected to rule on the dismissal petition next month.

“Given that Facebook’s motion to dismiss poses a number of grave challenges to the appeal,” the judge wrote in a brief ruling, it would be premature to exchange documents until they have a chance to decide whether or not part the entire appeal is dismissed from.

Facebook had asked the court to dismiss both lawsuits, one from the Federal Trade Commission and one from a large group of states, alleging that they were “brought into the environment of relentless criticism of Facebook for matters unrelated to antitrust law Concerns are “.

Facebook said in a second filing that a recent Supreme Court ruling meant the FTC’s lawsuit against the company demanding the sale of WhatsApp and Instagram should be dismissed. The company argued that the High Court’s ruling allowed the FTC to use a specific section of FTC law only to request that the behavior be stopped. Continue reading

The FTC and a large group of states filed separate lawsuits last year accusing Facebook of violating antitrust laws to keep smaller competitors at bay by picking up on rivals, such as the acquisition of Instagram for 1 Billion US dollars in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 for 19 billion US dollars. Continue reading

In total, the federal and state governments filed five lawsuits against Facebook and Google from Alphabet Inc. last year after both parties were outraged about the use and abuse of social media influence in both business and politics.

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