Enlarge / ATT will own a bunch of new media properties if it is allowed to buy Time Warner. (credit: Aurich Lawson)
ATT’s purchase of Time Warner Inc. is reportedly hitting a speed bump as the Trump administration’s Department of Justice considers filing a lawsuit to block the merger.
This wouldn’t be a death knell for the merger because the DOJ often files lawsuits against deals that it ultimately approves, and ATT today said it still expects to get approval.

The DOJ’s antitrust division could file a lawsuit to block the proposed merger while at the same time filing a proposed settlement that would allow the deal to be approved, as it did last month with CenturyLink’s purchase of Level 3.
But a settlement could only happen if ATT and the government agree on conditions that would offset the merger’s harms to competition.
So far, negotiations are stalling, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal.
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