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Table of Contents - December 1, 2017

DoJ Sues to Block AT&T-TWI Deal; Action 'Inexplicable,' AT&T Says

The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division filed a lawsuit on Nov. 20 to block AT&T, Inc.'s, proposed $108 billion acquisition of Time Warner, Inc., saying that the combined company "would hinder its rivals by forcing them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more per year for Time Warner's networks, and it would use its increased power to slow the industry's transition to new and exciting video distribution models that provide greater choice for consumers."

The lawsuit against the vertical merger drew criticism from pro-market parties but praise from public interest and consumer advocates.

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Public Citizen Reaction Mixed On Court Warrant Decision

Public Citizen offered a mixed reaction to a ruling by a D.C. Superior Court judge concerning objections that were raised by three Facebook account holders and three other anonymous Facebook users to federal search warrants related to the prosecution of about 200 protesters indicted in connection with their actions during the inauguration of President Trump.

D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin published his ruling on Nov. 9.

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