AT&T, U.S. Government Ask Judge to Block Google Entry Into T-Mobile Case

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AT&T and the U.S. asked the federal judge overseeing the government’s lawsuit seeking to block the company’s purchase of T-Mobile USA to deny a bid by Google to enter the case to protect its confidential data.

In separate filings in Washington today, AT&T and the Justice Department told U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle that Google’s request for advance notice of possible disclosures of “competitively sensitive” data is unnecessary and would slow down the litigation. AT&T said in the filing that its ability to select expert witnesses could be harmed by Google’s proposal that non-parties in the case get five days’ notice before confidential data is turned over to its experts. “This proposal would grant every non-party the effective ability to veto defendant’s choice of experts, by denying them access to confidential information that is necessary to their work as experts in this case,” Mark Hansen, of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC in Washington, a lawyer for AT&T, said in the filing.


AT&T, U.S. Government Ask Judge to Block Google Entry Into T-Mobile Case