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High-Tech Law & Litigation Blog

  • 20
  • February
  • 2018

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Tech Issues Dominate at Confirmation Hearing for Four FTC Nominees

At a February 14, 2018, confirmation hearing on President Trump’s nominees to the Federal Trade Commission before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Senators asked the nominees how, if confirmed, they would regulate technology companies, address data security issues exposed by the Equifax breach, and address net neutrality. While making few firm commitments other than to study the issues, the nominees agreed that the FTC should use its authority and resources to protect consumers from abuses by large firms, especially in light of evolving concerns over data privacy and aggregation.

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  • 20
  • July
  • 2017

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Qualcomm, Feeling the Squeeze as Apple and iPhone Manufacturers Cut Off Royalties, Moves to the Offensive

A recent suit by mobile phone chips giant Qualcomm shows the debilitating business effects that can follow from a government antitrust investigation.

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit in January 2017 against Qualcomm for alleged antitrust violations, which set off a cascade of litigation against the company, the world’s largest maker of baseband chips. A suit by Apple quickly followed the FTC’s complaint, and dozens of civil cases making similar allegations came after that. As part of its litigation strategy, Apple started withholding royalties for Qualcomm’s technology, and instructed its iPhone manufacturers to do the same.

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