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AT&T and Trump DOJ draw battle lines ahead of blockbuster trial

The chief executives of AT&T and Time Warner
The chief executives of AT&T and Time Warner. Photo: GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images

AT&T and the Justice Department filed crucial pre-trial documents on Friday night that lay out their opposing cases in the battle over whether the telecom giant’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner can move forward.

Why it matters: The briefings set up a trial at which AT&T will claim the Justice Department’s case is built on shoddy ground and the agency will say the merger would imperil American consumers and the marketplace.