Sprint hits in hurdle AT&T/T-Mo merger lawsuit

Sprint has hit a snag in their civil suit to prevent the merger of rivals AT&T and T-Mobile on the grounds that such a deal would kill competition, stifle innovation and result in higher prices for consumers .  A US District judge has denied Sprint's request to obtain internal AT&T documents, which are a vital part of the discovery phase of the lawsuit.  While Judge Ellen Huvelle stopped short of AT&T's request of dismissing the case, it dealt a huge blow to Sprint's hopes of suing the merger away. 

Explaining the decision, Huvelle said that Sprint does not "stand in the shoes of the consumer or the Department of Justice," and therefore, access to internal documents would not be "efficient or fair."  The Department of Justice is also suing to prevent the merger and may stand a better chance of obtaining the information that Sprint is after.  Judge Huvelle is presiding over both cases and still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to dismiss them all together.

Source: Reuters; Via: Electronista

  • I'm against the merger but it makes sense that Sprint shouldn't receive vital inside information that may result in Sprint knowing too much about AT&T's upcoming devices, plans, and strategies.
  • lol maybe that was their plan all along; just to get those documents!
  • I agree that Sprint could use this for their own benefit (as I am sure they will), but to say they "do not stand in the shoes of the consumer..." does not suit well with me! Don't get me wrong, I know Sprint is butt hurt because AT&T beat them to the punch but their argument is... "such a deal would kill competition, stifle innovation and result in higher prices for consumers." If they had said no because you will see their future plans, well that would be different. That is how I take it.
  • But those allegations are best proved or disproved by the DOJ and/or consumers themselves in a class action lawsuit not by Sprint who wants the merger blocked so they can get into the picture and try to get a piece of TMo's broadband spectrum for theselves. That is the bottom line here. No ceell phone carrier can stand in the shoes of the consumers thats a true conflict of interest!!!
  • Sprint has the slowest network of the four carriers, not to mention they're doing away with unlimited plans. They had their shot to purchase T-Mo and failed. now "Sprint and verizon" are in bed together like "Apple and Microsoft". what this world coming too? Everyone sleeping together like this...I hope their wearing protection.
  • dont worry, it just means u'll never know if you accidentally slept with a relative...
  • and it's getting slower I'm in the process of cancelling my contract with no ETF so I can goto the t-mobile prepaid plan, and I hope that the merger doesn't go through as that's what's preventing me from signing a contract.
  • lets just hope atnt messes with my contract so i can opt out due to contract breach
  • i want to go to atnt and get the titan thats all that matters to me and i cant cuz im stuck on stupid tmo