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Facebook Wins Dismissal of Antitrust Suits

Federal judge leaves open possibility for government to re-file cases against social media giant.
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Facebook  (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report won a court victory Monday after a judge dismissed two antitrust suits filed by the federal government and by a group of states against the social media titan.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., said the Federal Trade Commission didn’t prove that Facebook represents a monopoly in the social networking space.

“Although the court does not agree with all of Facebook’s contentions here, it ultimately concurs that the agency’s complaint is legally insufficient and must therefore be dismissed,” Boasberg wrote, according to Bloomberg.

The suit was filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general led by New York’s Letitia James.

Boasberg said the FTC can refile the complaint within 30 days.

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Facebook rose  about 4% after the ruling. It has soared 33% over the past six months amid investor enthusiasm over its financial performance.

“With the ruling, Facebook has escaped -- at least for now -- the most significant regulatory threat to its business to emerge out of the wider crackdown on U.S. technology giants,” Bloomberg Law reported.

Now the attention may shift to antitrust legislation approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week to curb the dominance of tech giants Facebook, Alphabet,  (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report, Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report and Apple  (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report.

TheStreet.com founder Jim Cramer offered an updated analysis of Facebook last week.

“Facebook has been such a tough stock to own,” he said. “But we've gotten through to the other side. And now seems like smooth sailing. Actually wish I had more, but we can't buy it up here.”

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