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Facebook sued in U.S. federal court for alleged anticompetitive conduct – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: Facebook logos are seen on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four companies sued Facebook Inc (FB.O) in U.S. federal court on Thursday for alleged anticompetitive conduct, saying the social network inappropriately revoked developer access to its platform in order to harm prospective competitors.

The plaintiffs sought class-action status and unspecified damages, according to a filing at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“Facebook faced an existential threat from mobile apps, and while it could have responded by competing on the merits, it instead chose to use its might to intentionally eliminate its competition,” said Yavar Bathaee, a partner at law firm Pierce Bainbridge and co-lead counsel in the case.

Facebook indicated that it would fight the lawsuit.

“In the current environment, where plaintiffs’ attorneys see financial opportunities,…

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