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Qualcomm loses FTC case, and Broadcom is under expanded investigation

Qualcomm’s delight about its victory over Apple was shortlived – it has lost its dispute with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over antitrust allegations. Since these were initially sparked by Apple, some experts expected the case to go away after the two firms’ settlement, but that was not to be. Instead, the FTC has won its case, with Judge Lucy Koh – of the District Court for the Northern District of California – ruling that the chip giant did violate the law by abusing its dominant position. The company’s share price fell by 12% on the ruling, even as the FTC also initiated an investigation into its rival, and former would-be acquirer, Broadcom. “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition…

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