Judge sets first hearing in AT&T anti-trust case

Sep 07, 2011
The federal judge hearing the US government's lawsuit seeking to block AT&T's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile has set a first meeting to discuss the prospects for a settlement.

The federal judge hearing the US government's lawsuit seeking to block AT&T's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile has set a first meeting to discuss the prospects for a settlement.

US District Ellen Huvelle ordered lawyers for the Justice Department, AT&T and T-Mobile, the US unit of Germany's Deutsche Telekom, to attend a status conference in her courtroom here on September 21.

"The parties shall be prepared to discuss the prospects for settlement," Huvelle said.

She also asked them to prepare a schedule for managing the case if it goes to trial.

The Justice Department filed suit on August 31 to block AT&T from taking over T-Mobile, saying the mega-merger would harm competition.

"We are seeking to block this deal in order to maintain a vibrant and competitive marketplace," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said.

AT&T has promised to "vigorously contest" the Justice Department's move in court.

Sprint Nextel, the third-largest US wireless carrier, filed its own lawsuit against the deal on Tuesday.

Explore further: Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

Related Stories

AT&T gearing up for rare antitrust fight with DOJ

Sep 01, 2011

(AP) -- The Justice Department's rejection of AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA will test new federal guidelines on challenging mergers and the companies' resolve in forming the nation's largest wireless carrier.

Sprint wants AT&T, T-Mobile deal blocked

Mar 28, 2011

Sprint Nextel, the third-largest US wireless provider, urged US regulators on Monday to block AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, saying it would harm competition.

AT&T's T-Mobile buy faces congressional scrutiny

May 11, 2011

US lawmakers grilled AT&T on Wednesday over its proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA, questioning whether the mega-merger would harm competition in the fast-growing wireless industry.

Antitrust suit a huge blow for AT&T: analysts

Aug 31, 2011

The decision by US authorities to challenge AT&T's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile is a bitter blow for the US telecoms giant, but it could benefit consumers, analysts said. ...

Google book settlement facing antitrust scrutiny

Apr 29, 2009

Google's settlement with US authors and publishers over its book scanning project still needs the green light from a US judge but it may first have to pass muster with the US Justice Department.

Recommended for you

Amazon pushes Prime service with day of deals

6 hours ago

Amazon is trying to lure more subscribers to its $99 Prime loyalty program by pushing a day of discounts it calls "Prime Day" during the sleepier summer shopping season.

Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

Jul 04, 2015

Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered, the city's Office of Legal and Legislative Studies said ...

Shyp reclassifies contract couriers as employees

Jul 03, 2015

Shyp, the quickly growing startup that provides on-demand courier services, said Wednesday it would reclassify its contract workers as employees, becoming the latest high-profile tech company to change how it compensates ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.