By: KDKA-TV News Staff
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (KDKA) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey along with 48 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Facebook.
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gained competition through illegal and predatory behavior and alleged several violations of federal antitrust law
“America thrives best with robust competition,” Attorney General Morrisey said in a press release. “We must not tolerate acts that block meaningful access to the competition and exploit a user’s private information. Such behavior reduces consumer choice, stifles innovation, and undermines privacy for millions. “
The lawsuit relates to the previous acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, how the company would strategically eliminate competition by buying other companies at prices well above market values.
Attorneys-general from nearly every state, District of Columbia and Territory of Guam have joined the lawsuit.
The full list of states and territories is: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Columbia District, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Guam area.
The lawsuit is designed to deter Facebook from making future acquisitions worth $ 10 million or more without notice to the states filing the lawsuit.
It is also seeking a court order for Facebook to dispose of illegally acquired businesses.
A full copy of the lawsuit can be read here.