DOJ Takes AT&T-Time Warner Merger Appeal To DC Circ.

Justice Department Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Merger Decision

Justice Department Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Merger Decision

The case will now head to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Justice Department sued to block the deal in November 2017, alleging that the combination would allow AT&T, the largest pay-TV provider in the country, to use Time Warner's stable of popular entertainment offerings to suppress competitors.

AT&T argued, during the trial, that it needed to grow to survive in the era of Google, Amazon and Netflix.

The logos for Time Warner and AT&T appear in June above trading posts at the New York Stock Exchange.

John Bergmayer, senior counsel at advocacy group Public Knowledge, said that since the deal was approved, AT&T had raised prices for some video and wireless services.

The ruling was seen as a green light for other companies to pursue mergers, and in the ensuing months, bidding wars have erupted between Comcast and Disney for big chunk of 21st Century Fox's assets. That could cause consumers to have to pay higher prices for content.

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However, both those companies will likely continue their quest.

Asked about CNN's potential role in the merger's difficulties, AT&T chief executive officer Randall Stephenson said: "Frankly, I don't know". The DOJ did not, but left open the question of whether it would still appeal.

When the deal was first announced in October 2016, it was condemned by then-candidate Donald Trump, who promised to kill it "because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few".

This fuelled speculation that Trump could be retaliating due to critical coverage of his administration from news broadcaster CNN, which was part of Time Warner. Since taking office, Trump has not commented on the deal itself, but in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News past year he showed amenability to a more aggressive stance on enforcing competition in the media world. The appeals process could take many months, leaving lingering uncertainty over AT&T's plans.

Some legal experts believe the government could have a hard time convincing the appeals court to overturn Leon's ruling.

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