New York leads states to demand U.S. court pick up Facebook antitrust lawsuit

Dozens of states led by New York asked a U.S. federal appeals court on Friday to reinstate an antitrust lawsuit filed against Facebook.

Lawyers for New York and the other states accused Facebook of being a monopolist that has exploited its immense market power to crush competition.

Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc said the states were wrong to ask for the district court dismissal to be reversed.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said Facebook was bad for consumers.

The group, made up of 46 states, Guam and the District of Columbia, argued that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia erred in ruling they had waited too long to file the lawsuit.

They argued that states are allowed delays that private plaintiffs are not. They also argued that if the court determined they did wait too long, states are allowed deference that others are not because of their role in protecting the public interest.

he lawsuits followed years of investigation of the four biggest U.S. tech giants, as well as lawsuits against Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google.