Judge Challenges DOJ Expert On AT&T Control ‘Assumption’

Law360, Washington (April 11, 2018, 10:06 PM EDT) -- The D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger asked the government’s key expert pointed questions Wednesday on his assumptions that AT&T would influence Time Warner content negotiations, citing defense arguments that those negotiations are conducted independently.

University of California, Berkeley professor Carl Shapiro took the stand to provide economic and analytical backing to the DOJ’s main arguments in the bench trial before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon: that AT&T will leverage Time Warner’s “must-have” content against pay-TV rivals to AT&T’s DirecTV, forcing higher carriage rates that will filter down to consumers...

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