Judges named to hear gov’t appeal of AT&T Time Warner deal approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A panel of three federal appeals court judges named by former presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will hear the Justice Department’s appeal of a ruling allowing ATT Inc to acquire Time Warner, court records show.

Judges Judith W. Rogers, Robert L. Wilkins and David B. Sentelle will hear arguments on Dec. 6. The government argues that ATT’s $85.4 billion acquisition will lead to higher prices for consumers and was illegal under antitrust law, while ATT says the government offered no basis for second guessing key conclusions of a lower-court ruling allowing the transaction to proceed.

Reporting by David Shepardson

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