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Four states to join lawsuit to stop the T-Mobile-Sprint deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two U.S. states have, in an unusual effort on the part of state attorneys general in order to stop T-Mobile US Inc’s acquisition of Sprint Corp., a New York city official, said at a hearing on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Sprint logo is seen in front of a screen, the projection on the T-mobile logo, in this picture illustration April 30, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Nevada, and will be included in an amended complaint filed Friday, said Beau Buffier, chief of the antitrust bureau of the New York attorney general’s office.

The lawyers for the states and the companies also proposed that the Oct. 7, for the start of a trial, which could last for two to three weeks.

The Sprint was a decrease from 5.9 percent at midday on Friday, while T-Mobile had slipped down to 2.3%.

The four members of the council joining the 10 state attorneys general, led by New York and California, including the District of Columbia.

She has filed a lawsuit on June 11, is aimed at stopping the acquisition of the No. 3 U.S. mobile service provider, T-Mobile, the No. 4 with Sprint, saying that the deal would cost the subscriber more than $4.5 billion per year. The attorney-general, all member states are in the Democratic party.

If the acquisition is completed, the number of U.S. wireless carriers, would drop to three from four, with Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. is leading the pack.

The Federal Communications Commission has indicated that it is prepared to approve the transaction, and the Department of Justice is expected to weigh in soon.

U. S. District Judge Victor marrero was the case it would have to be able to be affected by the united states Department of Justice, which was not involved in the lawsuit, has decided to take action.

“The elephant in the room is the Department of Justice,” marrero said, referring to his trial. “Either way, it is likely to be an influence on what is on the table.”

Marrero also pointed out a possible inconsistency in the states ‘ complaint. He said that they would continue to maintain the high level of competition among the four national wireless carriers, resulting in “falling prices”, but to say that the most of the opportunity to signal to each other, on the basis of the prices has led to higher prices for consumers.”

George Carey, who represents T-Mobile, told the court that the transaction was to take advantage of the competition. “This is the record of the two companies, the compilation of additional resources,” he said.

A discussion of the growth of the federal government to intervene in His, and said: “We do not think that that is what the Department of Justice has concerns with the impact on the pro-competitive nature of this deal.”

FCC chairman Ajit Pai on Friday, criticism of the states’ lawsuit as “false” the argument that it will harm efforts to boost the next-generation 5G wireless network.

“Make no mistake about it, the government is trying to block this transaction and are working to stop a lot of upstate New York, and other rural Americans get access to fast mobile broadband,” Pai said in a speech in New York, New York, in which he pointed out that the Sprint would not be able to build a 5G network.

“As for the T-Mobile/Sprint transaction is not approved, the combined company will have the ability to do that,” he said.

T-Mobile, which has about a 63% – owned by Deutsche Telekom AG and has approximately 80 million customers. Sprint, which has been around for more than 84% is in the hands of the Softbank Group, Corp, has about 55 million customers.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Sheila Dang; Additional reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Diane Bartz; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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