On the conclusion of the Tunney Act-based case challenging the Justice Departments 2005 approval of the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers that opponents said harm the public interest The government need not prove that the settlements will perfectly remedy the alleged antitrust harms; it need only provide a factual basis for concluding that the settlements are […]

Case Closed: Judge Says Megamergers Serve Public Interest

After nearly a year of deliberations, a federal judge has decided that the 2005 Bell megamergers were in the public interest. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan released a 56-page order on Thursday that reaffirmed the Justice Departments 2005 consent decree conditionally clearing the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers. Sullivan said his task was limited under the law […]

Court Requests More Information in Merger Review

In his review of the megamergers, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday said he did not have enough information to approve or reject the consent decrees for the mergers of SBC Communications Inc. with AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. with MCI Inc. And, he […]

Regulatory News – Strike Two Against Verizon Long Distance

Posted: 12/2000 Strike Two Against Verizon Long Distance By Kim Sunderland For the second time this year, Verizon Communications ( has cut a deal with federal regulators to pay a hefty amount to the U.S. Treasury ( in exchange for its termination of an investigation against the BOC. In each instance, the FCC ( was investigating […]

Regulatory News – Consumers Dazed & Confused About Long Distance

Posted:  09/2000 Consumers Dazed & Confused About Long Distance By Kim Sunderland A 28-state investigation has determined a sharp rise in consumer long-distance complaints is due largely to confusing telephone bills, state regulators say.Specifically, consumer complaints regarding AT&T Corp. ( and WorldCom Inc. ( long-distance services tripled in a two-year period, according to a survey […]

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