DOJ appeals AT&T/Time Warner: The Tipline for 13 July 2018

After the New York stock exchanges closed yesterday, the Department of Justice’s antitrust division filed its notice of appeal against Judge Richard Leon’s ruling allowing AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Just two days ago, Fox Business, the New York Post and other outlets reported that the Antitrust Division was facing push back from solicitor general Noel Francisco, who must sign off on all DOJ appeals. Well, if those rumblings were true, it appears that assistant attorney general for antitrust Makan Delrahim won out. There isn’t much to say about the appeal at this point, but we have a big Friday briefing about no-poach, merger hearings, how Google might be breaking the transatlantic antitrust consensus, and more.

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