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Judge Dismisses Portion of AT&T, T-Mobile Antitrust Lawsuit

AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile may have to wait a bit longer after all

Earlier in the week, the District Court of Washington, D.C., dismissed a number of the complaints filed by Sprint and Cellular South within their antitrust lawsuit related to the potential merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.

According to Beta News, the court dismissed charges that the

Earlier in the week, the District Court of Washington, D.C., dismissed a number of the complaints filed by Sprint and Cellular South within their antitrust lawsuit related to the potential merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.

According to Beta News, the court dismissed charges that the proposed merger would give AT&T an unfair advantage in defraying network development costs and threw out complaints alleging that the shift in spectrum would put an additional financial burden on separate carriers.

Although AT&T was hoping to move forward with its $39 billion acquisition deal, U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle upheld several provisions contained in the lawsuit.

The court agreed with the assertion that the merger may provide the two companies with unfair buying power for new smartphones and tablets, according to Beta News.

"Sprint's and Cellular South's complaints provide factual support for the allegation that AT&T already possesses significant market power as a purchaser of mobile wireless devices, and that the acquisition of T-Mobile threatens them with harm," the ruling stated, according to the news outlet.

Huvelle also upheld the assertion that the potential merger may negatively impact roaming partnerships between providers.

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