US: Dems want to know if White House interfered in AT&T/TW merger

US: Dems want to know if White House interfered in AT&T/TW merger

On Thursday two US House Democrats asked the White House and Justice Department to turn over documents that could show whether Republican President Donald Trump sought to intervene in the regulatory review of AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. In letters released on Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Representative David Cicilline, who chairs […]

US: Ruling on DOJ appeal of Time Warner expected soon

US: Ruling on DOJ appeal of Time Warner expected soon

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit could rule Tuesday, February 26, on the government’s last-ditch attempt at undoing AT&T’s  merger with media firm Time Warner, reported Bloomberg.   The Department of Justice appealed a court ruling that allowed AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner to proceed. AT&T closed the acquisition on June 15, […]

US: AG nominee claims Delrahim gave “inaccurate” version of Time Warner meeting

US: AG nominee claims Delrahim gave “inaccurate” version of Time Warner meeting

William Barr, President Donald Trump’s choice for the next Attorney General, earlier this year questioned whether the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division’s motivation for attempting to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner was political. Barr, who served as Attorney General under George H.W. Bush, has been a member of the Time Warner […]

US: AT&T-Time Warner optimistic about DOJ’s merger appeal

US: AT&T-Time Warner optimistic about DOJ’s merger appeal

Federal Appeals Court judges Thursday, December 6, questioned lawyers representing the Department of Justice (DOJ) about the government’s economic concerns regarding AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division filed an appeal of a district court judge’s June approval of the merger that resulted in the formation of WarnerMedia—citing the deal would […]

US: More opinions on AT&T-Time Warner merger at Appeals Court

US: More opinions on AT&T-Time Warner merger at Appeals Court

  Over the objections of AT&T and Time Warner’s merger, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to permit 27 antitrust scholars to speak at a hearing later this week, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This Thursday, December 6, the US government will continue its efforts to block the US$85 billion deal between AT&T […]

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 […]

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 […]

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