Seven States Join Suit Against AT&T Deal

The Justice Department said Friday that seven states have joined its antitrust lawsuit seeking to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA.

The department filed an amended legal complaint in a Washington D.C. federal court to indicate that state attorneys general from New York, Washington, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania have joined the case.

“We are pleased that these states have joined the department in its lawsuit,” the department said in a written statement. “Together, we will seek to protect consumers from the anticompetitive harm that would result from this proposed transaction.”

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