State Attorneys General are reviewing AT&T’s proposal to acquire DirecTV
According to a Reuters report, State Attorneys General are assessing AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV. The reported move implies that the State Attorneys General have apparently broadened their earlier investigation into the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).
The report has revealed that nearly a dozen US states have already coordinated with the Department of Justice (DoJ) to discuss Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of TWC with the supporters as well as opponents of the merger.
In a confirmation to Channel Partners, Jenn Meale - Communications Director with the Office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi - has disclosed that the office is part of a multi-state group which is evaluating the Comcast-TWC and AT&T-DirecTV merger deals.
Moreover, as per the information shared by Reuters' unidentified sources, the multi-state 'merger review' group also includes attorneys general in California and New York. However, the two agencies have not yet commented on the report.
Meanwhile, John Bergmayer - a senior staff attorney with the Public Knowledge organization which is opposing the Comcast/TWC merger - said that it is within the authority of the states and the federal government to file antitrust lawsuits.
In an email to Channel Partners, Bergmayer said: "In general, depending on state laws and the nature of the companies, they might be able to block license transfers or use other regulatory tools. State AGs looking at a big deal like this is not unusual. Often their work complements what the DoJ/FCC are doing."
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