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AT&T Appeal Is High-Stakes Shot at Redemption for Enforcers

  • Justice Department faces ‘uphill climb’ in reversing decision
  • Antitrust unit says Time Warner deal will raise pay-TV prices
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U.S. Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Merger
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The Trump administration’s renewed battle against AT&T Inc.’s Time Warner Inc. deal signals that it still sees a path to undoing the blockbuster merger -- even after a stinging rebuke of its case last month.

Rather than walk away, the Justice Department’s antitrust division took a big gamble Thursday, with a one-sentence notice of appeal filed in federal court in Washington. In doing so, it risks a second defeat that could lead to binding precedent that makes future merger challenges harder.