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T-Mobile's trial to close Sprint merger heads toward closing arguments

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere testifying before Congress in March 2019. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

T-Mobile's legal battle to consummate its merger with Sprint heads to closing arguments this month as the companies are trying to convince a federal judge the tie-up won't hurt competition, thanks in part to a side deal with satellite TV company Dish.

Why it matters: The state case, led by the New York and California state attorneys general, is the last remaining obstacle for the deal after the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department and shareholders gave it the green light.

T-Mobile's fight for Sprint deal goes to court

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The success of T-Mobile's long-fought-for bid to acquire Sprint is about to come down to whether a federal judge believes that the deal will boost or harm competition.

Why it matters: The FCC has approved the deal and the Justice Department has settled with the companies, leaving this case, in which 14 state attorneys general have sued to block the merger, as the primary remaining obstacle.