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Sprint Nextel Challenges AT&T Bid to Obtain Court Documents

October 24, 2011

(Updates with excerpt from court brief in third paragraph.)

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. challenged AT&T Corp.’s bid to obtain documents in a U.S. government antitrust case against the wireless provider’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc.

The brief, filed today, was in response to Dallas-based AT&T’s Oct. 21 request that Sprint turn over the documents, although Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint isn’t a party to the case.

“AT&T already possesses 2.2 million pages of Sprint documents,” a Sprint lawyer, Tara L. Reinhart of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, said in a brief filed in federal district court in Washington. She called the request “unduly burdensome.”

AT&T and Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile unit were sued by the U.S. Justice Department in August over allegations that the combination would curtail competition.

The government’s case is U.S. v. AT&T Inc., 11-01560; Sprint’s case is Sprint Nextel Corp. v. AT&T Inc., 11-01600; and Cellular South’s case is Cellular South Inc. v. AT&T Inc., 11- 01690, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

--Editors: Andrew Dunn, Stephen Farr

To contact the reporter on this story: Phil Milford in Wilmington, Delaware, at pmilford@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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