A D.C. Federal District Judge has set a Feb.13 trial date for the Justice Department's antitrust suit to block the proposed AT&T–T-Mobile merger on antitrust grounds, AT&T confirms.
That came Wednesday in a scheduling conference between Justice and AT&T.
The judge basically split the difference between AT&T's preferred date, Jan. 16, and Justice's choice, March 19.
AT&T's choice would actually be for the suit not to come to trial but instead for it to work out a path to approval before that. Justice has said it is willing to talk about its competition concerns, and AT&T, which has always said divestitures and conditions were on the table, has said it is willing to listen.