DC Circ. Ruling Seen As Gutting FCC's Merger Conditions

Law360 (August 20, 2020, 2:34 PM EDT) -- A recent D.C. Circuit decision hollowing out the conditions put on Charter Communications Inc. for its merger with Time Warner Cable let down consumer activists who want tougher oversight of telecom deals, but also put up a few hurdles for groups fighting what they consider government overreach, experts say.

In a 2-1 ruling that one Washington think tank described as "under the radar" after it came out on Friday, a three-judge panel threw out two of four conditions imposed by the Federal Communications Commission in approving Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks — a deal that hitched...

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