The Wall Street Journal: Justice Dept. warns FTC against broad penalty for Qualcomm, citing 5G impact

The Justice Department waded into the Federal Trade Commission’s case against smartphone chip maker Qualcomm Inc., seeking to limit the effects on next-generation cellular technology if a judge rules against the company.

Lucy Koh, a U.S. district judge in San Jose, Calif., is expected to rule soon on the lawsuit the FTC brought against Qualcomm in 2017. The suit argued that the company used its dominance in cellular technology to extract inappropriately high royalties from its patents.

In a Thursday filing, Justice Department lawyers requested a hearing on the impact of any penalty against Qualcomm QCOM, +0.89% , arguing that any sanction had to do as little harm as possible to public and private interests.

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