AT&T Reaches Agreement with Prosecutors on Special Master for T-Mobile Acquisition Case

AT&T and the United States Justice Department have reached a rare moment of agreement. On Thursday, it was reported that attorneys aiming to effectively kill the carrier’s proposed merger with T-Mobile have sided with AT&T on the appointment of a former District of Columbia judge to arbitrate disputes over evidence as they prepare for trial. …   Read More

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AT&T and the United States Justice Department have reached a rare moment of agreement.

On Thursday, it was reported that attorneys aiming to effectively kill the carrier’s proposed merger with T-Mobile have sided with AT&T on the appointment of a former District of Columbia judge to arbitrate disputes over evidence as they prepare for trial.

The AP reports that the “two sides asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle on Thursday to name retired Superior Court Judge Richard Levie as special master in the case.”

“They want Levie to have authority to resolve disputes over the evidence they will have to exchange before the anti-trust trial scheduled for February. They propose discussing the issues weekly and that the two sides split the cost for Levie’s services and expenses,” the report reads.

On August 31st, the Obama administration’s Justice Department sued to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom AG, over concerns that it would squelch competition and innovation as well as lead to higher prices.

Having served as a professional arbitrator since 2004, Levie was previously a judge from 1985 until 2000.

According to coverage provided by Reuters, Levie will resolve any disputes related to turning over information between the parties, “including claims of privilege, motions to compel and expert information.”

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