Broadcom in Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm
July 12, 2005
Cleary Gottlieb is representing Broadcom Corporation in a lawsuit filed by Broadcom against Qualcomm Inc. in the United States District Court of New Jersey for violation of federal antitrust laws and various state laws. The complaint alleges, among other things, that through a variety of licensing and other practices Qualcomm monopolized certain third-generation wireless communications technologies and attempted to monopolize the market for related chipsets. Broadcom also alleges that Qualcomm is engaged in various exclusionary and anticompetitive practices in the supply of wireless telephone technology and chipsets, and that Qualcomm’s efforts are intended to foreclose competitors from the market. Broadcom seeks monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction barring Qualcomm’s unfair business practices.