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In October of 2016, AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. announced plans to merge, in one of the biggest corporate mergers in U.S. history. The proposed deal was thrown into uncertainty when the Department of Justice sued, saying that the merger would create a company with too much control over the media landscape. Department lawyers argue that the new company would have enough “must have” content, like live sports and live news, that it could successfully pressure other media providers into paying higher prices for that content. Those costs would then be passed on to the consumers, unfairly raising prices. In their filings, lawyers for AT&T and Time Warner reject the Department of Justice’s view and make the case that the media landscape has become so fractured due to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon that the post-merger company would not be able to create a media monopoly. Is DOJ right to sue to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner? Is the media landscape under threat from a potential monopoly, or are the various companies and streaming services adequately fostering competition?
Join us for a lively luncheon panel discussion that will cover these topics and the anticipated future of corporate mergers.
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
Professor Geoffrey A. Manne, Executive Director, International Center for Law & Economics
Honorable Joshua D. Wright, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Moderator: Honorable Dean Reuter, General Counsel, Vice President, & Practice Groups Director, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies