U.S. Appeals Ruling Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger

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The Justice Department says it will appeal the court decision allowing the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.

The Justice Department says it will appeal the court decision allowing the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.


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WASHINGTON—The Justice Department on Thursday appealed a trial judge’s ruling last month that allowed AT&T Inc. to acquire Time Warner Inc., setting the stage for a second round of legal proceedings in a blockbuster antitrust case.

The department initiated the appeal by filing a two-page notice in federal court.

The appeal comes a month after U.S. District Judge

Richard Leon

rejected Justice Department arguments that the deal would suppress competition in the pay-TV industry.

AT&T completed the merger a short time later, but agreed to keep Time Warner’s cable networks in a business unit separate from AT&T’s communication assets for the time being.

Write to Brent Kendall at brent.kendall@wsj.com and Drew FitzGerald at andrew.fitzgerald@wsj.com

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