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Federal Judge Clears Way for AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Washington – June 15, 2018: Crowell & Moring LLP congratulates our longstanding client AT&T on its landmark trial victory over the Justice Department, which cleared the way for the telecommunications company to complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon ruled on Tuesday, and AT&T closed the deal last night.

Crowell & Moring has represented AT&T for over two decades in this and other transactions as regulatory counsel before the DOJ Antitrust Division, and is proud to be part of the successful litigation team representing AT&T in this case.

The firm’s team included partners Shari Ross Lahlou, Jeane A. Thomas, Christopher A. Cole, and Wm. Randolph Smith.

Other law firms representing AT&T included O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Arnold & Porter LLP.

About Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust Group

Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group is recognized as one of the leading practices in the United States and around the world. Clients engage the firm to help navigate their most complex competition law issues, including: international merger control; private damages actions; cartel investigations and litigation; government investigations; and counseling and compliance. The group’s approximately 80 lawyers routinely represent industry-leading companies in some of the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions in recent history – including successful DOJ clearance of AT&T’s $67 billion acquisition of DIRECTV, one of the 20 largest transactions of all time – as well as in both affirmative recovery and defense-side antitrust litigation. The firm’s antitrust litigators have achieved major results, including ongoing defense of United Airlines, DuPont, CSX, leading health care distributor Owens & Minor, and Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, as well as the recovery of more than a billion dollars for antitrust clients including General Motors and Motorola.

About Crowell & Moring LLP 

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.


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