NEW YORK (Reuters) – Texas on Thursday joined 13 states seeking to stop T-Mobile US Inc’s $26 billion merger with Sprint Corp, saying it would mean higher cellphone service prices for consumers, as a judge delayed a trial in their lawsuit until Dec. 9.
With Texas, there are now 14 states and the District of Columbia seeking to stop the merger of the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless companies. Texas is the only Republican-governed state participating in the lawsuit.
The U.S. Justice Department has signed off on the merger and the Federal Communications Commission has also indicated that it will formally approve the proposed transaction.
Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger ordered the delay after the states said they needed time to consider a deal struck by the Justice Department approving the merger with the sale of some assets.
The case had been expected to be heard beginning on Oct. 7, and was expected to last two to three weeks.
David Gelfand, a lawyer for T-Mobile, objected to the…
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