Sprint Sues To Stop AT&T, T-Mobile Deal

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By Ina Fried

It sounds a bit like overkill, but Sprint said on Tuesday that it had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop AT&T's planned $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA.

Sprint has already voiced its objections to the deal, and last week the Department of Justice filed its own suit seeking to block the deal. In a statement, Sprint said its suit is being filed as a related suit to the DOJ case.

In announcing the suit, Sprint reiterated its standard arguments against the deal, saying it would both hurt competition and harm consumers.

"Sprint opposes AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile," Sprint litigation VP Susan Z. Haller said in a statement. "With today's legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal."

An AT&T representative was not immediately available for comment.

In the wake of last week's move by the Justice Department, both AT&T and T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom vowed to fight on. In addition to needing to prevail in court in the Department of Justice suit, the companies also need approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which said last week that it too has serious concerns about the deal.

Via Following Justice Department, Sprint Sues to Stop AT&T From Buying T-Mobile on AllThingsD

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