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Judge Overseeing AT&T/Deutsche Telekom vs Department of Justice Case Orders Settlement Talks for September 21st

A judge in the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. has been assigned to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against AT&T and Deutsche Telekom that they hope will block the approval of a $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile. The judge presiding the case is Ellen Segal Huvelle.

Judge Huvelle has gotten the ball rolling on the proceedings. She first ordered that all three parties involved – DT, AT&T and the DoJ – get a schedule for the lawsuit proceedings and a plan for managing the case in order by September 16th.

Shortly after that, on September 21st, the three parties will have to discuss prospects for a possible settlement, something AT&T’s probably relieved to hear. This action was likely taken as a response to officials in late August who said that there is room for negotiation in approving the sale of T-Mobile and AT&T to Deutsche Telekom, and that’s what they’ll be in the wooden room to do.

So there’s another ray of light for AT&T for the time being, though there is no telling how these settlement discussions will impact an actual decision going forward. [New York Times]




  • Len Waugh

    This is how the talks will look.

    AT&T: Well create 5000 new jobs with no obligations to keep them.

    DOJ: No Dice. That has nothing to do with competition.

    AT&T: AT&T-Mobile merger is great for competition.

    DOJ: Allow smaller companies low prices to use your 4g networks for their own customers.

    AT&T: No way! We don’t mind competition, just so long as we have no chance of losing out strangle hold on our customers money.

    DOJ: /facepalm

  • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

    AT&T simply needs to provide more, realistic FACTS about why they require this merger to go through. Otherwise everyone is entitled to give there opinions

    • mrsbelpit

      They don’t have any facts.

  • TheCaprican

    FUCK AT&T!

  • vinnyjr

    Another smoke and mirror technique by the government. All for show to let the public think they are playing hardball when in reality all the dirty money has already been passed around. Campaign contributions have been passed out, special funds have been set up all so AT&T can screw us Joe public again. If this deal goes thru some organization must file charges or investigate the dirty money trail because I am willing to gamble my house that there is a very dirty money trail if you look hard enough.

  • mrsbelpit

    Appaerntly, the timing of the lawsuit by the DOJ suggests that they don’t believe AT&T can make enough satisfactory concessions. Don’t let us down, DOJ & FCC. Deny this aquisition.

    • HalfwayCrook

      That would be a dream come true

  • tizzyzz

    Not a big government get involved person but this time I hope the government wins I have at&t and hope the merger fails

  • http://Phandroid Anthony

    DOJ &FCC please please don’t let this merger get trougt.

  • tizzyzz

    .

  • Grayden

    lol “Approving the sale of T-Mobile AND AT&T to Deutsche Telekom”

    ??

    Is the US selling AT&T? because that would be awesome…

    /s

    Add: In actuality, i really hope the DOJ/FCC really puts the screws to AT&T. I mean, literally make them wish they hadn’t made this purchase. Take everything away from them. Mandate T-Mobile stays a subsidiary of AT&T, no job cuts/eliminations. Essentially make it so T-Mo can piggy back on AT&Ts network for free and maintain its autonomy in the wireless industry. AT&T gets the spectrum, and nothing more.

    • mudrock

      I love this. Every part about it.

  • Justin King

    Settlement: because actually following the law is for poor people.