Crazy train: The Tipline for 2 August 2019

The magistrate judge overseeing the T-Mobile/Sprint trial described the pace of the litigation as a speeding freight train with court documents spewing out its windows. That, coupled with the fact the merging parties’ settlement with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division took longer to complete than advertised, led the judge to push back the start of the trial at least two more months during a scheduling conference on Thursday. The coalition of states suing to block the deal also stopped to add an additional car yesterday. The plaintiffs announced that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton – the lone Republican in the group – had latched onto the lawsuit.

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