Feds Want to Put AT&T, T-Mobile Merger on Hold

Justice Department wants to put off AT&T, T-Mobile trial

By Nedra Pickler
|  Friday, Dec 9, 2011  |  Updated 1:32 PM CDT
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Feds Want to Put AT&T, T-Mobile Merger on Hold

Companies to seek approval in a trial scheduled for February.

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The Justice Department says it's going to ask to withdraw or postpone its antitrust case against the proposed merger between AT&T Inc. and smaller rival T-Mobile USA.

The companies withdrew their application for approval of the $39 billion deal with the Federal Communications Commission two weeks ago after the commission's chairman came out against it. 

The companies have said they'll seek approval in a trial scheduled for February and file another FCC application later. 

But a government lawyer has told the federal judge overseeing the case that there's "not a real transaction" until the companies file again with the FCC.

Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle told AT&T that she was concerned the company was "using" the court and wasting taxpayer resources. 

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