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AT&T Merger Trial to Go Twice as Long as First Estimated

  • Witnesses and exhibits could stretch the case to eight weeks
  • Opening arguments to come Wednesday after fight over exhibits
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The Justice Department’s court fight to stop AT&T Inc. from acquiring Time Warner Inc. could last as long as eight weeks, the judge hearing the case said, twice as long as the initial estimate.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said Thursday in Washington that he calculated the time-frame for the trial, which is slated to start March 19, based on the number of people expected to testify and the volume of exhibits.