Judge won't let government share data with Sprint in lawsuits

There was a hearing yesterday on the lawsuits from the Department of Justice and Sprint against AT&T in its proposed takeover of T-Mobile. The biggest news coming out of it is that Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said the government can't give Sprint open access to the information it has received from AT&T. Government lawyers wanted to collaborate on the case, saying that Sprint's expertise in the wireless market would help them get more information. Sprint, of course, is looking for a smoking gun for its argument that the deal would be anti-competitive. Huvelle said that the decision on sharing information would be made on a case by case basis.

As for AT&T's request to toss both suits, Huvelle didn't rule one way or the other. She said she'd think about it.

Next hearing is set for November 30.

About the author

John Moe is the host of Marketplace Tech Report, where he provides an insightful overview of the latest tech news.


I agree to American Public Media's Terms and Conditions.
With Generous Support From...