The Wall Street Journal: Justice Department suggests alternatives as AT&T antitrust trial wraps up

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department, making its final case against AT&T Inc.’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc., on Monday urged a judge to consider “alternative” remedies if he chooses not to block the merger outright.

The government’s comments came as U.S. District Judge Richard Leon set a court hearing for June 12 to announce his ruling in the high-profile case, kicking off a six-week period of anxious waiting for both sides.

Justice Department lawyer Craig Conrath, in 75 minutes of closing arguments, sought to hit all of the government’s main antitrust claims against the deal and told Leon that he should block the transaction because it would lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in higher prices for consumers.

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