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The FTC denied Sony’s motion and ordered the company to produce the documents requested by Microsoft’s subpoena.
Motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART.
Sony only needs to show their exclusivity deals from 1/1/2019 to present. Defeat for Sony as FTC judge largely rejects its motion to quash Microsoft’s subpoena in Activision Blizzard merger case
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just uploaded an order (PDF) by the agency’s Chief (and only) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) D. Michael Chappell dated February 23, 2023. The order addresses Sony’s motion to quash or limit Microsoft’s subpoena in the FTC’s in-house adjudicative proceeding concerning the acquisition of Activision Blizzard King. For the most part it’s a defeat for the PlayStation maker that makes it look absurd that Sony had accused Microsoft of “obvious harassment” (in the form of discovery requests)