USA urges judge to reject AT&T/Time Warner court date proposal

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

The judge who will oversee the U.S. Justice Department's bid to stop wireless and pay TV company AT&T Corp from buying media company Time Warner Inc, on Thursday set March 19 as the trial date.

AT&T has asked for a February 20 start, while the government is pressing for May 7. An extension of that deadline can probably be negotiated.

The legal fight will proceed after the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in an effort block its proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. The government also alleges the marriage would slow the development of newer video distribution models.

AT&T's attorneys also have stressed that it's the government's burden to prove the deal would harm competition.

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