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Schedule set for naming witnesses in AT&T-U.S. trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special master overseeing the Justice Department’s effort to stop AT&T from buying rival T-Mobile USA has issued a schedule for lists of trial witnesses to be drawn up, according to court papers. AT&T Inc previously complained that the Justice Department was taking too much time in naming its witnesses as…

Virgin Mobile and Verizon retain content of text messages

The cell phone service providers Virgin Mobile and Verizon retain the content of text messages, according to a Justice Department memo obtained by the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina. Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, and Virgin Mobile all retain information relating to text messages, such as who…

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

WASHINGTON — 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 Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered lawyers for the Justice Department, AT&T and T-Mobile, the US unit of Germany’s…

Analysts: Antitrust suit a huge blow for AT&T

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. As it filed a lawsuit to block the takeover on Wednesday, the US Department of Justice said the takeover bid —…

DOJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T’s T-Mobile purchase

The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday it would seek to block AT&T’s $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, saying it would be anti-competitive. The DOJ asked the court for a declaration that the takeover would violate U.S. antitrust law because it would “substantially lessen competition” in the U.S. wireless market. “The…

U.S. files to block AT&T buy of T-Mobile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday filed to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of wireless rival T-Mobile USA because of anti-competitive concerns, two sources familiar with the matter said. Blocking the combination on antitrust grounds would be a big blow to the telecommunication giant’s expansion plans. A Justice Department…

Sprint wants AT&T, T-Mobile deal blocked

WASHINGTON – 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. “Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” Sprint senior vice president for government affairs Vonya McCann said in…

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