Items tagged "Anticompetitive mergers"
Court Denies AT&T’s Requests for Internal DOJ Communications in Antitrust LawsuitFebruary 20, 2018 Anticompetitive mergers , ATTTime Warner , Competition , DOJ , Mergers
Today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Leon denied AT&T’s request for certain documents and testimony in its defense against the Department of Justice’s charge that its proposed acquisition of Time Warner violates antitrust laws. AT&T has argued that it is subject to “selective enforcement,” that is, that the DOJ’s motivation in bringing the case is primarily political, and motivated by President Trump’s well-known dislike of CNN, a Time Warner property. The DOJ rejects this contention, maintaining that the DOJ’s Antitrust Division alone decided to bring this case.Read More
Public Knowledge Calls for Thorough Antitrust Review of Disney-Fox Deal to Protect ConsumersDecember 14, 2017 Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , Competition , DOJ , Mergers
Today, Walt Disney Co. announced a deal to acquire significant programming assets from 21st Century Fox Inc. The deal would unite two substantial content companies and mark the second media mega-merger to face antitrust scrutiny next year. Public Knowledge contends that this merger may pose harms to competition and consumers by further consolidating must-have programming assets and major motion picture studios, and ultimately leading to consumers paying higher prices for video content.Read More
Public Knowledge Supports DOJ Lawsuit Against $108 Billion AT&T-Time Warner MergerNovember 20, 2017 Anticompetitive mergers , AT&T , Time Warner , Video Competition , Video Marketplace
Today, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Public Knowledge supports this lawsuit because this $108 billion merger would harm the American public by inflating prices, harming competition, and reducing programming opportunities for diverse media voices.Read More