No Evidentiary Hearings Yet On Telecom Mergers

Law360, New York (July 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Although the review of two major telecom mergers is far from over, the judge presiding over the cases said Tuesday he would not yet require evidentiary hearings on the government’s approval of the deals.

In reviewing the government’s approval of the mergers between Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc., and AT&T Corp. and SBC Corp, Judge Emmet Sullivan has requested more documents, but has stopped short of demanding full evidentiary hearings.

The two mergers have received government consent decrees, meaning that they have been carried out...
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