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Meta Headquarters along 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, CA. Photo: Marc Olivier Le Blanc

Judge Deals Blow to Big Tech’s Push for Recusals

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in his opinion allowing most of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust claims against Facebook to proceed, also dealt a blow to the larger effort by Big Tech to force its biggest critics in the administration to recuse from investigations and litigation involving the tech giants.