A Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit may be an option for individuals who purchased cellular devices with Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and/or premium LTE technologies between January 17, 2013 and the present. CDMA-based cellular products are sold nationwide and are typically used by wireless network carriers Sprint and Verizon. Affected parties may be eligible to seek compensation with the help of an antitrust attorney.
If you or someone you know purchased a CDMA-based and/or premium LTE cellular device between January 17, 2013 and the present, contact Attorney Group to learn more about your options. We offer free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Alleged Anticompetitive Practices Led to Inflated Consumer Prices
An antitrust lawsuit filed in February 2017 claims that Qualcomm Incorporated, an American telecommunications products and services company, wrongfully acquired and maintained monopolies over the modem chipset market and the licensing market for patents related to CDMA-based cellular technology. Modem chipsets (also known as baseband processors) are found in cellular devices, such as cell phones and computer tablets, and allow those devices to communicate and transmit voice and data across wireless networks. Because Qualcomm is the primary producer of CDMA-based modem chipsets, the company has allegedly been able to control the modem chipset supply, and the standard essential patents related to the technology, in order to monopolize those markets.
As a result of Qualcomm’s alleged anticompetitive conduct, the lawsuit claims the wireless telecommunications company charged device manufacturers an excessive and unlawful royalty on the selling price of each cellular device, which led to inflated prices paid by consumers who purchased the devices. According to the complaint, Qualcomm’s conduct has also led to other lawsuits against the company, including a civil suit filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and an antitrust lawsuit by Apple.
Affected Parties May be Eligible to File an Antitrust Lawsuit
When companies engage in wrongful conduct, or otherwise conspire to commit deceptive trade practices, they could be liable for any damages that result. In the case, if the allegations of violations of the Sherman Act and multiple state consumer protection acts against the telecommunications company are proven, individuals and other entities, including cell phone users, may be able to recover the losses they suffered as a result of the defendants’ actions, along with other damages.
Individuals who have purchased, paid and/or provided reimbursement for the purchase price of CDMA-based and/or premium LTE cellular devices from January 17, 2013 through the present may be eligible to pursue damages by filing an antitrust lawsuit and are encouraged to seek the advice of an experienced attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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