Antitrust -- 2019

United States v. AT&T, Inc.   (D.C. Circuit)

Support for efficient vertical mergers

The NAM filed an amicus brief supporting AT&T in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The government appealed the district court’s determination that AT&T’s merger with Time Warner is unlikely to “substantially lessen competition.” Preserving flexibility to pursue efficient mergers and promoting predictable and transparent antitrust enforcement is important to all of industry. The NAM’s brief argued that mergers such as this increase efficiency and benefit consumers, and clear merger standards are important to provide the business community with confidence to invest in transactions that have the potential to lower prices and benefit everyone. Fortunately, the DC Circuit rejected the government's challenge.

Related Documents:
NAM amicus brief  (September 27, 2018)


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