T-Mobile-Sprint Corp merger deal set for pre-trial hearing on June 21

10 states, led by California and New York, have filed a lawsuit to stop the merger saying it would increase subscriber’s costs.

The judge hearing a complaint from state attorneys general who are aiming to stop the $26 billion merger of T-Mobile US Inc with Sprint Corp is set to hold a pre-trial hearing next week.

Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has set the hearing for June 21 in response to a request for an expedited hearing.

Ten states, led by California and New York, had filed a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at stopping the merger of the wireless carrier saying the deal would cost Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers more than $4.5 billion annually.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed in principle to approve the deal, the U.S. Justice Department is said to be nearing a final decision.

Sprint has offered to sell the Boost brand to reduce the combined company’s market share in the prepaid business. Both companies have also indicated that they were considering divesting wireless spectrum.

In a filing on Thursday, T-Mobile indicated that its attorneys will include George Cary and David Gelfand, who played a significant role in litigation at the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division during the Obama administration when there were at least three major merger challenges.

In its filing, Sprint stated its attorneys will include Karen Hoffman Lent and Steven Sunshine of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; both have previously handled some of the biggest antitrust cases in the last decade.



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