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Case Status
Pending
Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff v. Meta Platforms, Inc., Mark Zuckerberg, and Within Unlimited, Inc., Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number
221 0040
Docket Number
3:22-CV-04325
Enforcement Type
Federal Injunctions
Federal Court
Northern District of California

Case Summary

The Federal Trade Commission authorized a lawsuit in federal court to block the proposed merger between virtual reality (VR) giant Meta and Within Unlimited, the VR studio that markets Supernatural, a leading VR fitness app. Formerly known as Facebook Inc., Meta sells the most widely used VR headset, operates a widely used VR app store, and already owns many popular VR apps, including Beat Saber, reportedly one of the best-selling VR apps of all time, which it markets for fitness use. The agency alleges that Meta’s proposed acquisition of Within would stifle competition and dampen innovation in the dynamic, rapidly growing U.S. markets for fitness and dedicated-fitness VR apps. A federal court complaint and request for preliminary relief was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to halt the transaction.