The US District Court for the District of Columbia rejects the DOJ’s challenge to a vertical merger in the entertainment sector (AT&T / Time Warner)

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Court rejects DOJ challenge to AT&T / Time Warner vertical merger* In a much anticipated decision, Judge Richard Leon on June 12, 2018, rejected the Department of Justice’s challenge of AT&T Inc.’s acquisition of Time Warner Inc. The case represents the first opinion in four decades addressing an antitrust challenge to a “vertical” merger, which combines firms that participate at different levels of the supply chain and do not compete. In October 2016, AT&T agreed to a $108 billion acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T owns a range of businesses, including satellite television distributor DirecTV. Time Warner does not compete with AT&T, but provides television content such as TBS, TNT, CNN and HBO to DirecTV and rival distributors. The

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  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson (New York)
  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson (New York)
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Nathaniel L. Asker, Aleksandr B.  Livshits, Matthew Joseph, The US District Court for the District of Columbia rejects the DOJ’s challenge to a vertical merger in the entertainment sector (AT&T / Time Warner), 12 June 2018, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 90032

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