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AT&T, DOJ set contentious tone in opening session

A graphic showing a mutated version of AT&T's logo
Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

AT&T and the Justice Department didn't waste any time in trying to undermine each other's case Thursday as arguments began in the courtroom showdown over the $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner.

Why it matters: The first arguments and questioning of a DOJ witness set the tone for what is shaping up to be a contentious trial pitting the government against one of the most powerful U.S. corporations, the outcome of which will dramatically shape telecom and media deals for years to come.