Oregon becomes the 16th state to oppose Sprint/T-Mobile merger

 cnet.com  08/13/2019 01:15:19   Shelby Brown
T-Mobile Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint hit another roadblock.�

Josh Miller / CNET

The Department of Justice may have signed off on T-Mobile's $26 billion merger with Sprint, but state attorneys general are still trying to block the deal. Oregon on Monday joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit that seeks to halt the bid, calling it an "anticompetitive megamerger."

The suit was filed in June by several�state attorneys general, led by New York and California. They argue that the merger will harm competition and will cost their residents $4.5 billion annually.

"Oregon's addition to our lawsuit keeps our momentum going, and ensures that there isn't a single region of this country that doesn't oppose this anticompetitive megamerger," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Monday.�

Sprint declined to comment. T-Mobile didn't respond to request for comment.

The Justice Department approved T-Mobile's bid to buy Sprint, which was first announced more than a year ago, last month. The deal was also approved by the Federal Communications Commission in May. While these were major hurdles to clear, T-Mobile said previously that it wouldn't proceed with the closing of the deal until it settled the concerns of the state AGs.

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