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New York attorney general drops T-Mobile-Sprint challenge

Posted: 11:25 AM, Feb 17, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-17 12:25:26-05
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general says the state will not appeal a judge's decision approving the merger of T-Mobile and Overland Park-based Sprint.

Attorney General Letitia James helped lead a coalition of 14 attorneys general who sued to stop T-Mobile's purchase of Sprint for $26.5 billion. They argued that eliminating a major wireless company would harm consumers by reducing competition and driving up prices for cellphone service.

A federal judge in New York sided with the carriers last week. Judge Victor Marrero said T-Mobile executives were credible at trial in promising to continue competing aggressively with Verizon and AT&T.

James said in a statement Sunday that instead of appealing, she hopes to work with the companies to ensure that consumers get the best pricing and service possible.

According to a report from Reuters, attorneys general for California, Connecticut and Massachusetts are continuing to review the decision and evaluate their options. Nine other states and the District of Columbia were part of the legal challenge to the merger.

The California Public Utility Commission also has yet to approve the merger, according to the report from Reuters.