Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the FTC’s request to rehear its case against Qualcomm which leaves intact the Appeals Court ruling that found Qualcomm not guilty on all counts of anti-competitive behavior.
As you would expect, Qualcomm was elated. “The fact that not one judge on the Ninth Circuit thought it necessary to consider the merits of the FTC’s petition or to even ask for a response from Qualcomm validates the strength and clarity of the panel’s thorough analysis and conclusions. We thank the court for its time and efforts,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.
While I wasn’t surprised at this ruling in the slightest as sound minds did ultimately prevail, I was surprised that it got this far and shouldn’t have even begun.