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Qualcomm loses bid to quash FTC antitrust lawsuit

Qualcomm loses bid to quash FTC antitrust lawsuit

A Northern California federal judge has denied Qualcomm Inc.’s motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against the San Diego wireless technology company, which means the case will go forward.

The suit, filed in January, alleges that Qualcomm uses its dominant market position in cellular modems to coerce smartphone makers to pay too much to license its large portfolio of cellular patents.

Qualcomm had said the lawsuit should be dismissed, arguing that it was based on a flawed legal theory and failed to show how the mobile market had been harmed by Qualcomm — a view that acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen shares.

But U.S. District Court...

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