(Updated 2x With PDF Of DOJ Lawsuit) AT&T Responds To Department Of Justice Injunction, Sprint Statement Added

Update: The full PDF text of the DOJ lawsuit can be found here.

Update 2: Sprint has just released their own statement courtesy of senior vice president of government affairs Vonya B. McCann:

The DOJ today delivered a decisive victory for consumers, competition and our country. By filing suit to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, the DOJ has put consumers’ interests first. Sprint applauds the DOJ for conducting a careful and thorough review and for reaching a just decision – one which will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of a competitive U.S. wireless industry. Contrary to AT&T’s assertions, today’s action will preserve American jobs, strengthen the American economy, and encourage innovation.

The DOJ today delivered a decisive victory for consumers, competition and our country. By filing suit to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, the DOJ has put consumers’ interests first. Sprint applauds the DOJ for conducting a careful and thorough review and for reaching a just decision – one which will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of a competitive U.S. wireless industry. Contrary to AT&T’s assertions, today’s action will preserve American jobs, strengthen the American economy, and encourage innovation.

The tech blog world is in a frenzy today with the news of the Department of Justice filing an injunction against the proposed takeover of T-Mobile by AT&T. AT&T hasn’t wasted a moment though already releasing a statement promising to vigorously fight the DOJ action and also take over the world. Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel issued the following statement:

“We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated.

We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.

At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:

· Help solve our nation’s spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions.

· Allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97% of the population;

· Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.

We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.

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  • Scokes7

    T mobile isn’t going anywhere.  With the $3 billion in cash plus other incentives from at&t this is the shot in the arm that T mobile needed to continue to expand, and when they get the iphone5 this fall(and they will), T mobile will be on the up swing.

    • IT Guy

      The problem is that the money’s going to go to DT and not right into T-Mobile.

      DT has made it clear they want out, and they are not going to chase bad money with good. Why would they reinvest $3b into T-Mobile when they’ll get far less than that back when they sell?

      • Nk

        They need to sell to either Google or Vodafone (if they sell their Verizon share).

        • hecg55

          If Google bought it it would be AMAZING.. super exclusive phones most likely updates updates first.. but I don’t think Google is in the market to purchase a cell provider.. are they? Lol they could use Google fibre on us : D

        • Anonymous

          “super exclusive phones”

          And that’s why it won’t happen.  Monopolizing Android is not a solution for anyone.

        • hecg55

          No I’m not saying monopolize android they would lose money of they did that I’m saying make something like the “mytouch” line but Google line and simply make a few phones that others won’t have?

        • Anonymous

          You may not mean monopolize but if these G-Mobile phones are obviously better then what is  available on other carriers then that’s just what it would look like or be like.  

        • hecg55

          I see your point pimpstrong but what I mean by better is have some more stock android phones? They should still carry multiple manufacturers running their custom OS on top of Google and what not but my idea was have a few phones with “pure” Google almost like nexus every now and then .haha I should just stop my plan is too complicated. I’ll just leave it to the pros.

        • Anonymous

          i feel you. It would be great for us on TMo but not for others who lets say dont want TMo. Thats just not good for Google to keep beating Apple as the number one smartphone OS here in the states though. So it wont happen.

        • Anonymous

          i feel you. It would be great for us on TMo but not for others who lets say dont want TMo. Thats just not good for Google to keep beating Apple as the number one smartphone OS here in the states though. So it wont happen.

        • Anonymous

          i feel you. It would be great for us on TMo but not for others who lets say dont want TMo. Thats just not good for Google to keep beating Apple as the number one smartphone OS here in the states though. So it wont happen.

        • hecg55

          I see your point pimpstrong but what I mean by better is have some more stock android phones? They should still carry multiple manufacturers running their custom OS on top of Google and what not but my idea was have a few phones with “pure” Google almost like nexus every now and then .haha I should just stop my plan is too complicated. I’ll just leave it to the pros.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Won’t work.  If Google bought out Tmobile, two things are likely to happen:
          1. Tmobile will be the ONLY Android carrier (Meaning LESS money for Google)
          2. Tmobile will get nothing but Android phones (Meaning less choice of OS for us)

        • VisionBlind

          1. Not necessarily. Thats like saying “Goole bought motorola so all we will see from now on is motorola android phones.” Google likes to take a heavy role in its products but makes it products available to everyone. Think of all the google search tools for web builders. Android will be available to all, but will be strongest on tmobile. 
          2. Not necessarily. Google shares. Look at all the gmail apps for apple products. Not to mention if google were to limit production of non android OS on tmobile then it would hurt relationships with other carriers wanting to use android OS. Afterall, what company wants to burn massive bridges with others…afterall google is not apple. 

        • Bratty

          You need to stop with “Google is good and shares things” and really think about WHY they do this. It ultimately comes down to …. your personal info. They want people using Gmail (for ex) so that they can advertise to you and sell your info. Google gets nothing from buying TMo. IF IF IF the purchase ever happened, 3 days after the purchase the same people on here will be complaining about coverage, prices, changes to contracts etc. Google is selling Android phones now without investing 30+B in a network – why would they spend the money again?

        • Bratty

          You need to stop with “Google is good and shares things” and really think about WHY they do this. It ultimately comes down to …. your personal info. They want people using Gmail (for ex) so that they can advertise to you and sell your info. Google gets nothing from buying TMo. IF IF IF the purchase ever happened, 3 days after the purchase the same people on here will be complaining about coverage, prices, changes to contracts etc. Google is selling Android phones now without investing 30+B in a network – why would they spend the money again?

        • Wilma Flintstone

          1. Motorola is not a Cell Carrier
          2. Google is a Company, all companies have the same goal, Profit

        • Wilma Flintstone

          1. Motorola is not a Cell Carrier
          2. Google is a Company, all companies have the same goal, Profit

      • Nk

        They need to sell to either Google or Vodafone (if they sell their Verizon share).

      • Realcool2000

        Good point.

      • Realcool2000

        Good point.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FY5YIPKTMK6UF42HYGK4MRAF5Q Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FY5YIPKTMK6UF42HYGK4MRAF5Q Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FY5YIPKTMK6UF42HYGK4MRAF5Q Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FY5YIPKTMK6UF42HYGK4MRAF5Q Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FY5YIPKTMK6UF42HYGK4MRAF5Q Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

    Haven’t any of you who read any of my post in here listened.  I mean REALLY LISTENED to what is going on here.  Google has been waiting in the weeds – which have turned into roses!!!  DT knew what was going to happen.  Let the “True Bidding” begin with suitors that will keep the mobile space competitive!

    • System Engineer

      G-Mobile or Google Mobile, that is the question.

      • hecg55

        G-mobile!!!.. magenta “g” and then the six colors that Google uses on their logo for the word “mobile”

      • hecg55

        G-mobile!!!.. magenta “g” and then the six colors that Google uses on their logo for the word “mobile”

      • Realcool2000

        G mobile. For sure :)

      • Realcool2000

        G mobile. For sure :)

    • Anonymous

      you guys are dreaming.  Google does very little that doesn’t try to strengthen their search and advertising which is their core business. Android is entirely about being a platform for their search and advertising.

      What exactly would T-mobile USA bring that they aren’t doing with their much wider base of Android phones?

      Google doesn’t want to be tied down to one company.  They want to be everywhere.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

        • David

          I agree google is about advertising, if they do buy tmobile they will be in a position to advertise to anyone even in remote areas via the android platform so there is plenty of incentive for google to buy.  

        • David

          I agree google is about advertising, if they do buy tmobile they will be in a position to advertise to anyone even in remote areas via the android platform so there is plenty of incentive for google to buy.  

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

        • Anonymous

          Google bought Motorola to protect Android via patents.  They made it very clear at the time of purchase.

          Of course they’ll buy out companies which will help with their search and advertising.  T-mobile USA doesn’t fit into that equation.

        • Anonymous

          Google bought Motorola to protect Android via patents.  They made it very clear at the time of purchase.

          Of course they’ll buy out companies which will help with their search and advertising.  T-mobile USA doesn’t fit into that equation.

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

  • Anonymous

    “16. The nation’s four largest providers of mobile wireless telecommunications 
    services,  inc luding  A T & T and  T – M o b i l e, provide and market service on a nationwide basis. 
    Other providers have limited networks that cover only particular localities and regions. Those 
    smaller carriers  typi c a l ly do not market to customers outside  of their respective network 
    coverage areas, and may not even sell to such customers; therefore, local or regional carriers are 
    not an attractive, or perhaps even available, option for those customers who  l ive and work  in 
    areas outside  of these smaller providers’ respective network coverage areas.”

    Man did they get that right.  

  • Nk

    I heard someone here say that Rogers was considering buying T-Mobile and I have to say, that doesn’t sound too bad. Rogers Canada has the same bands as T which would make it possible for Rogers Canada and T-Mo US to roam between countries.

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

  • jennyx

    Im sorry but I actually disagree with this. ATT would crumble if this merger doesnt go through when Iphone hops off the ATT product list. Therefore, by merging you also save the company. Although they do have regular services such as internet, etc, 

    • ohokay

      lol at one of the largest companies in the world crumbling because one merger didnt take place.

      • Realcool2000

        Lol …..it depends how much they have invested in this issue

      • Realcool2000

        Lol …..it depends how much they have invested in this issue

        • What?

          @ Justin is Here! Can you explain to me what “They will going to make more money” means?

    • Justin is Here!

      You don’t even know what you talking about.  You need to do a lot more, I mean a LOT more research about at&t takeover of tmobile.  They do not need tmobile.  They trying to get t-mobile so they can keep pace with Verizon, and also, they will going to raise the price plan that most people can’t afford.  ATT will not giong to crumble if the merger didn’t go through. 

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

    • Justin is Here!

      You don’t even know what you talking about.  You need to do a lot more, I mean a LOT more research about at&t takeover of tmobile.  They do not need tmobile.  They trying to get t-mobile so they can keep pace with Verizon, and also, they will going to raise the price plan that most people can’t afford.  ATT will not giong to crumble if the merger didn’t go through. 

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      That’s novel, so novel that you are the first and only person on the plaNET who has said this.

      You need to get hired by AT&T to amend its FCC filings and file an answer to the DOJ’s complaint, “AT&T will crumble if this deal is not approved and T-Mobile needs to save AT&T.

  • jennyx

    Im sorry but I actually disagree with this. ATT would crumble if this merger doesnt go through when Iphone hops off the ATT product list. Therefore, by merging you also save the company. Although they do have regular services such as internet, etc, 

  • badbob001

    How much better will the service be to justify the increased costs to the end user? I don’t exactly plan to tour the entire country so if my local service is good, then I’m okay. If it’s not okay for someone in another location, they have other carriers to choose. Manufacturing gets cheaper with scale, but can’t the same be said of services?

  • badbob001

    How much better will the service be to justify the increased costs to the end user? I don’t exactly plan to tour the entire country so if my local service is good, then I’m okay. If it’s not okay for someone in another location, they have other carriers to choose. Manufacturing gets cheaper with scale, but can’t the same be said of services?

  • badbob001

    How much better will the service be to justify the increased costs to the end user? I don’t exactly plan to tour the entire country so if my local service is good, then I’m okay. If it’s not okay for someone in another location, they have other carriers to choose. Manufacturing gets cheaper with scale, but can’t the same be said of services?

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    It’s ironic no matter what, the lawyers make money.

    • Realcool2000

      That’s not an ironic example.

      It would be ironic if tonight or this week you had to use or deal with a lawer that made money off you after your statement on tmonews about lawers making money.

      Its not ironic that lawers make money on what they trained to do.

      When a lawer gets sued that’s ironic.

      And no I’m not an english major….

    • Realcool2000

      That’s not an ironic example.

      It would be ironic if tonight or this week you had to use or deal with a lawer that made money off you after your statement on tmonews about lawers making money.

      Its not ironic that lawers make money on what they trained to do.

      When a lawer gets sued that’s ironic.

      And no I’m not an english major….

      • Anonymous

        What the freak is a lawer?

        • Realcool2000

          Its lawyer without the y of course…lol….whoops….hope I didn’t offend any lawers or lawyer.

          Wow Mike and I agreed on the guys incorrect use of ironic hahhaha

      • Anonymous

        What the freak is a lawer?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I know you are trying to say something cool… but:

      1. You may not know the definition of “ironic.”

      2. Lawyers get paid for their services.  What’s wrong with that?

      3. The Clayton Act provides for reimbursement to the DOJ for attorneys’ fees and costs expended in prosecution of anti-trust cases.  Are you contending that’s a bad thing?

      4.  Since our tax dollars are used to pay DOJ lawyers, I would think that you would want your lawyers to make money in this situation.

      • Realcool2000

        That’s right!

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I know you are trying to say something cool… but:

      1. You may not know the definition of “ironic.”

      2. Lawyers get paid for their services.  What’s wrong with that?

      3. The Clayton Act provides for reimbursement to the DOJ for attorneys’ fees and costs expended in prosecution of anti-trust cases.  Are you contending that’s a bad thing?

      4.  Since our tax dollars are used to pay DOJ lawyers, I would think that you would want your lawyers to make money in this situation.

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    It’s ironic no matter what, the lawyers make money.

  • Maschwar77

    I think everyone can see through AT&T’s lies. There won’t be any job creation. They will tell the government what they want to hear and have no intention of honoring any promises. If that non-redacted document was any indication, AT&T execs would be laughing at us all of the way to the bank. Long live an ATT free T-Mobile.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      You are correct.  The DOJ saw through AT&T’s (and DT’s) exaggerations, non-binding representations and fluff, that’s why it filed the lawsuit.

  • Anonymous

    Can you imagine, how much money AT&T is losing, by continuously running those stupid TV ads of them buying T-Mobile. Those things are mad annoying. Atleast change the commercial or something. Same ad been running since April.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

      If they don’t remove the TV ADs “Effective Immediately”  Then you know the execs at AT&T are idiots… throwing away all the AT&T subscribers hard earn money in more ways than one!!!

  • I work for Tmobile myself, other ppl need to just stay out of it and LET IT GO THROUGH ALREADY!

    • OKDave

      You WANT the merger to go through? Are you nuts?

    • ex_employee

      let’s talk when you’re in the unemployment line if it goes through, then we will see your attitude. i’ve been through two cellular mergers and been around the block enough to know what’s going to happen.

      i’m just glad i got out when i got a great offer from a competitor and make more money. I love T-Mobile with all my heart and soul and it really pains me to see the company i worked so hard for go down like this, but that’s what happens when you get greedy leaders in charge.

      They should have left well enough alone and left Dotson in charge.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

      T-mobile USA didn’t let you in on the “Little Secret”  DT had already gave them the inside track on the failure!!!  Another, suitor (buyer) means there would be a better chance of keeping your doors open!!!

    • Mike

      I agree. TMO is hemorrhaging customers right now. This takeover has pretty much killed the company. If it doesn’t go through, then T-Mobile will be dead within 2 years. So, I guess it’s kind of good for AT&T, cause then they could get the bandwidth at fire-sale prices. But either way, there’s no more T-Mobile.

      • Mezxo89

        You don’t study the telecom market much do you?  AT&T has to give up some important things to T-mobile including free roaming and spectrum when the deal fails.  Alot of big Euro mobile companies are already looking at purchasing Tmobile.

        DK is a huge company (own Tmobile).  It ain’t going bankrupt anytime soon.

    • Realcool2000

      You’re an idiot.

      • Ocedion

        amen to that!

      • Ocedion

        amen to that!

    • Flashy4bb

      i bet you have never worked for magenta and don’t even know what you are talking about. so sorry for you.

    • Dutch2land

      Idiot!!! And you will be first to lose your JOB!!!

    • Dutch2land

      Idiot!!! And you will be first to lose your JOB!!!

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    Sprint just wants to keep someone around so that they can say to their board “we’re competing”.  Because TMO is the only company they can compete with as VZ and ATT stomp them.  I see past your pranks Sprint .. you just want to be able to at least fight with someone because you have no chance against VZ or ATT lol

    • Realcool2000

      I’m on tmo.

      That being said, I know that sprint needs to be in game so we can continue a competitive market. That’s just as important as doj going to court against the buy out.

      This could easily have been vz buying sprint. That would have bad as well.

      Sprint does compete with the other three,they make money too, and that keeps the industry going with innovation progressing.

    • Realcool2000

      I’m on tmo.

      That being said, I know that sprint needs to be in game so we can continue a competitive market. That’s just as important as doj going to court against the buy out.

      This could easily have been vz buying sprint. That would have bad as well.

      Sprint does compete with the other three,they make money too, and that keeps the industry going with innovation progressing.

    • Realcool2000

      I’m on tmo.

      That being said, I know that sprint needs to be in game so we can continue a competitive market. That’s just as important as doj going to court against the buy out.

      This could easily have been vz buying sprint. That would have bad as well.

      Sprint does compete with the other three,they make money too, and that keeps the industry going with innovation progressing.

  • Realcool2000

    Att is “suprised and dissapointed” that it can’t break laws without someone saying “hey don’t break this law”

    What jerks….

  • Thor

    Rumor has it that Norway may be interested in buying T-Mobile and expanding into Mexico and Canada. They have $550 billion in the Norwegian sovereign fund. 

  • Havoktek

    This is awesome..so many theories, so much conjecture its ridiculious!
    I have my theories but I believe it would be a boring essay..yet I will say this..
    Sprint is on the come up and the longer they can contribute to the trip up of this merger the better. You hate ‘em so what, their numbers show they got customers…More than TMO..

    Next Google just bought Moto mobile, a HARDWARE manufacturer, so who knows this could be a coup that surpasses apples distrabution kingdom.

    At&t was caught off guard, freaking idiots! Next year is election time and our Government looks like crap you think those politicians are going to side with big business right now? Please…pass the popcorn!!!

  • Wshelton

    Deal is toast, Read Appx B.  Just remains to been seen if TM uses the money for buildout, or exec bonuses.

  • Darkcloud

    YES YES YES GO USA block att those freaking bastards i hate att i worked
    for them for 4 yrs left because they treat employees and customers like
    ish man. and the will not care about the T mobile customers or
    employees at all i can promise you this. lets see ATT fall on there face
    now because they prove that they cant do ish without t mobiles network.
    also proves that t-mobile is far more batter than ATT LMAO dont fail
    me now USA GOV nice

  • Darkcloud

    YES YES YES GO USA block att those freaking bastards i hate att i worked
    for them for 4 yrs left because they treat employees and customers like
    ish man. and the will not care about the T mobile customers or
    employees at all i can promise you this. lets see ATT fall on there face
    now because they prove that they cant do ish without t mobiles network.
    also proves that t-mobile is far more batter than ATT LMAO dont fail
    me now USA GOV nice

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Wow… this lawsuit even made The Ed Show on MSNBC.

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      Just watched. I’m heavily in favor of unionized jobs, but a merger between these two companies is not the appropriate way to do it. That’d be like if Ford was a non-unionized company (HYPOTHETICAL! Ford is union, just pointing out the obvious!) and somebody said the best way to add unionized jobs in the auto industry would be for GM to buy Ford.

      The best way would be for the unions to actually start unionizing T-Mobile if that’s what they’re looking for.

  • Spritemoney

    Thank you DOJ for blocking this deal

    • Jon

      It isn’t blocked yet. They are taking AT&T to court to prevent them from buying Tmobile. I doubt that the DOJ will lose the case but this could be an act to make it look like they are fighting for us when in reality there are deals being made under the table. AT&T wants this really bad so lets see what they will do in their act of desperation. I just hope that this hostile takeover doesn’t happen.

  • Sarah8

    WOoow , i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here, //

  • ogopogo

    Excellent article. It makes sense once you understand the facts, and the law.

  • ogopogo

    Excellent article. It makes sense once you understand the facts, and the law.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    - A BIG problem AT&T has with this case, the Judge who will be deciding it.  Bottom line first: Judge Ellen Huvelle is a Clinton nominated Judge AND IMO she has shown in major cases to be pro-consumer/little guy.  IMO AT&T could NOT have got a worse Judge to rule on issues before the Court.

    http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/huvelle

    Details:

    - In antitrust cases a jury trial is not a matter of right. (That’s why the filed complaint does not make a demand for a jury trial and why the Civil Case Cover Sheet acknowledges not making the request.)

    - Injunctions too are decided by the Judge.  So it really, really, really matters who is the assigned Judge in this case.

    - To prevail the U.S. Govt. simply has to prove that the acquisition will LIKELY lessen competition, not that it actually will.  That’s a significant difference.  It’s easier to prove something MIGHT happen instead of that things will.

    The logic behind this lesser burden of proof is that the law seeks to protect consumers from becoming victims and suffering damage rather than wait until this deal causes the harms the DOJ alleges might occur.

    - All in all despite AT&T’s and DT’s aggressive statements, this action may be the end of AT&T/T-Mobile transaction. I say this because there’s little cost/benefit to AT&T fighting a long-term court battle.

    - At best, AT&T should hope it can work out a deal to the DOJ’s liking. If it can, the terms of that deal are going to look a lot different than what has come to light so far.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    - A BIG problem AT&T has with this case, the Judge who will be deciding it.  Bottom line first: Judge Ellen Huvelle is a Clinton nominated Judge AND IMO she has shown in major cases to be pro-consumer/little guy.  IMO AT&T could NOT have got a worse Judge to rule on issues before the Court.

    http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/huvelle

    Details:

    - In antitrust cases a jury trial is not a matter of right. (That’s why the filed complaint does not make a demand for a jury trial and why the Civil Case Cover Sheet acknowledges not making the request.)

    - Injunctions too are decided by the Judge.  So it really, really, really matters who is the assigned Judge in this case.

    - To prevail the U.S. Govt. simply has to prove that the acquisition will LIKELY lessen competition, not that it actually will.  That’s a significant difference.  It’s easier to prove something MIGHT happen instead of that things will.

    The logic behind this lesser burden of proof is that the law seeks to protect consumers from becoming victims and suffering damage rather than wait until this deal causes the harms the DOJ alleges might occur.

    - All in all despite AT&T’s and DT’s aggressive statements, this action may be the end of AT&T/T-Mobile transaction. I say this because there’s little cost/benefit to AT&T fighting a long-term court battle.

    - At best, AT&T should hope it can work out a deal to the DOJ’s liking. If it can, the terms of that deal are going to look a lot different than what has come to light so far.