US Judge In Facebook Antitrust Lawsuits Sets March, April Deadlines For Responses By Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The judge overseeing separate lawsuits against Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 by the Federal Trade Commission and a large group of states has set a March deadline for the social media company to respond, according to a court document on Wednesday. The regulator and state attorneys general sued Facebook in December on allegations that the company violated the law to disadvantage smaller rivals. US District Judge James Boasberg in the District of Columbia said Facebook had until March 10 to respond to the two complaints, and the states and the FTC had until April 7 to respond. The judge also said he will not immediately rule on a motion to consolidate the two cases.

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