Lawyers Question DOJ's Endgame In AT&T Suit

Law360, New York (September 2, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT) -- While the U.S. Department of Justice's dramatic strike against AT&T Inc.'s $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. has put the telecommunications giant on the defensive, experts say the modest, 22-page complaint could be a bargaining chip rather than the start of a courtroom showdown.

The DOJ moved to block the merger Wednesday, launching a civil antitrust action alleging the proposed tie-up would curb competition for wireless service across the country by eliminating T-Mobile — an underdog which has proven itself to be a scrappy competitor...
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