Judge Dismisses 3 Lawsuits Over Qualcomm’s Licensing Practices

Qualcomm has taken a beating in the courtroom in recent years through its patent disputes with Irvine, CA-based Broadcom. So the San Diego wireless giant (NASDAQ: QCOM) was no doubt relieved when a San Diego federal judge dismissed three class-action consumer complaints against the company yesterday.

U.S. District Court Judge William Q. Hayes granted Qualcomm’s request to dismiss the consolidated consumer cases. In one case, Oakland, CA, resident Jesse Meyer, who bought a Motorola Razr cell phone in 2007 through AT&T/Cingular, argued  he was harmed by Qualcomm’s “anti-competitive technology licensing practices.” Qualcomm announced the ruling today.

In a ruling that closed all three cases, Hayes said the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring antitrust claims, because the injuries they alleged were too remote to be traced to allegedly anticompetitive conduct by Qualcomm. The judge also ruled that other allegations raised in the suits did not give the plaintiffs any right to compensation from Qualcomm under California’s unfair competition law.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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