US: DOJ wants to argue at Qualcomm’s FTC appeal

The Trump administration is asking to take part in legal arguments at Qualcomm’s, February 13 appeals court hearing, backing the company’s attempt to overturn a ruling and setting up an unusual internal antitrust fight in the administration, reported Law360.

Qualcomm is looking to reverse a decision that stated it abuses its position in the cell phone chip market for outsize licensing fees. The Justice Department (DOJ) agrees with the chipmaker, saying the decision threatens to stifle competition and threaten national security.

But Qualcomm’s case is against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Backing from the DOJ for Qualcomm pits the DOJ against the FTC in this matter. DOJ has stated that the FTC isn’t objecting, as long as it has an equal time.

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