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The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
"We are very pleased that that the attorneys general from seven states, including California and New York, have agreed today to join the Justice Department lawsuit that would block AT&T from taking over T-Mobile.
"Their participation is an indication that states, too, recognize the tremendous harm that this deal would cause to consumers across the country and to our economy generally, and that they do not agree with AT&T's claims of benefits from the deal, including the creation of new jobs.
The states joining the lawsuit are: New York, Washington, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania.