Appeals court to hear DOJ objection to AT&T deal on Dec. 6

Appeals court to hear DOJ objection to AT&T deal on Dec. 6

A US appeals court will hear oral arguments on December 6 in the Justice Department’s (DOJ) fight against AT&T’s US$85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner, the court announced on Wednesday, October 17. The merger, which was announced in October 2016, closed on June 14 after a US district court ruled the deal was legal under […]

US: AT&T CEO raised idea of selling CNN to head off antitrust challenge

US: AT&T CEO raised idea of selling CNN to head off antitrust challenge

According to Bloomberg, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson floated the idea of selling CNN when he met with US antitrust officials last year in an attempt to head off a government lawsuit challenging the company’s proposed takeover of Time Warner, according to a deposition. During a November meeting with the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Stephenson raised […]

US: Nine State Attorneys General support AT&T in TW suit

US: Nine State Attorneys General support AT&T in TW suit

Nine state attorneys general–seven Republican and two Democratic–filed an amicus brief late Wednesday, September 26, in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declaring their support for the AT&T/Time Warner merger and their opposition to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) arguments. “What is truly unusual, especially in a merger of such national scope, […]

US: FCC: “Court made error in approval of AT&T/Time Warner merger”

US: FCC: “Court made error in approval of AT&T/Time Warner merger”

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) attempt to reverse the AT&T/Time Warner merger received some help on Monday, August 13, from an unexpected source: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC previously allowed AT&T to buy Time Warner without having to undergo a lengthy public-interest review, despite pushback from Democrats in the Senate and FCC. The […]

US: CVS-Aetna avoid AT&T antitrust hurdle

US: CVS-Aetna avoid AT&T antitrust hurdle

According to Bloomberg, CVS has dodged one hurdle in its bid to buy insurer Aetna, as US antitrust enforcers don’t see competitive problems that could stem from uniting companies that operate at different levels of a supply chain. The investigation by the Justice Department’s antitrust division hasn’t turned up vertical- competition concerns from the merger, […]

US: Ex-AT&T lawyer joins Kilpatrick Townsend lawfirm

US: Ex-AT&T lawyer joins Kilpatrick Townsend lawfirm

Patrick Pascarella, a former chief antitrust counsel to AT&T and former US Department of Justice antitrust division counsel, has joined Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton in Washington, D.C. Mr. Pascarella’s experience ranges from antitrust litigation to representing clients before enforcement and regulatory agencies in the US as well as Mexico, Colombia, and other Latin American countries. […]

Uncle Sam Should Put Consumers First in Its AT&T Appeal

Posted by Bloomberg Uncle Sam Should Put Consumers First in Its AT&T Appeal By Tara Lachapelle Antitrust officials from the US Justice Department say the judge that ruled in favor of AT&T Inc.’s takeover of Time Warner ignored economic theory and common sense. But what the judge needed from them was something more concrete. On […]

US: DOJ Delivers Appellate Argument Against AT&T/Time Warner Merger

US: DOJ Delivers Appellate Argument Against AT&T/Time Warner Merger

The Justice Department (DOJ) plans to argue that the judge who approved AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner committed “fundamental errors of economic logic and reasoning” when he ruled against the government’s attempt to block the deal, according to an appellant brief filed by the government on Monday, August 6. Judge Richard Leon, the government’s attorneys […]

US: Court releases bench transcripts in AT&T merger fight

US: Court releases bench transcripts in AT&T merger fight

On Friday, August 3, an appeals court that is hearing the US Justice Department’s (DOJ) fight with AT&T over its merger with Time Warner agreed to allow the release of transcripts of bench conferences that the public was unable to listen in on during the trial in a lower court, reported Reuters. The US Court […]

US: DOJ seeks to unseal transcripts of AT&T trial bench conferences

US: DOJ seeks to unseal transcripts of AT&T trial bench conferences

In its appeal of the federal ruling against its effort to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to have certain transcripts unsealed. The DOJ filed a formal request to specifically have the contents of “bench conferences” revealed. During those moments, when attorneys consulted with the judge and sometimes witnesses […]

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