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Judge Wants Speedy Trial in Merger Lawsuit

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (link below) A federal judge told lawyers fighting over T-Mobile’s bid for Sprint to skip their opening arguments so they could start questioning witnesses, a sign he is seeking a speedy trial.

As the case began Monday, Judge Victor Marrero asked both sides to trim their lists of witnesses to avoid beating him “over the head” with testimony. The bench trial is scheduled to carry into Christmas week but could last longer.

“What value do you see in opening statements in these circumstances?” Judge Marrero asked one of the attorneys representing T-Mobile.

A group of 14 Attorneys General sued to stop the wireless deal, which would combine the country’s third- and fourth-largest carriers by subscribers.

The states’ first witness, Sprint marketing chief Roger Solé, testified to the company’s efforts to lure subscribers away from rivals, including T-Mobile. He was followed by Boost Mobile executive Angela Rittgers, who explained how the prepaid service pursues price-conscious customers.

The states also called Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges, who answered questions about how the German telecom giant turned a struggling U.S. subsidiary into the country’s fastest growing competitor.

Glenn Pomerantz, a lawyer for the states, said T-Mobile’s parent “dug into its pockets,” plowed billions of dollars into the company’s network, and turned around its performance—a point the plaintiffs have highlighted to argue that Sprint and SoftBank could do the same if left to keep fending for themselves.

You can read the entire article here

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