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Three Things You Might Not Have Known about the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Litigation

Nitin Dua, Keith Waehrer
CPI Antitrust Chronicle
January 2021
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The Sprint T-Mobile merger represented one of the few times that state Attorneys General sought to block a merger of national scope without the support of one of the federal antitrust agencies. The litigation was widely reported on, but certain aspects of it received less coverage. Principal Nitin Dua and his coauthor examine three of those aspects in “Three Things You Might Not Have Known about the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Litigation”: the court’s exclusion of resellers as participants in the relevant market, T-Mobile’s estimation of standalone marginal costs and efficiencies from the merger, and the remedy from the Department of Justice that involved dismantling a working network while at the same time requiring the construction of a new network.

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