NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of U.S. states suing to block T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) from merging with Sprint Corp (S.N) on Wednesday told a federal judge that the deal would violate antitrust laws and raise wireless prices for consumers.
The states filed a lawsuit in June to block the merger, saying it would harm low-income Americans in particular.
T-Mobile and Sprint contend that the merger would enable the combined company to compete more effectively with dominant carriers Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N).
U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero, who presided over a two-week trial last month in federal court in Manhattan, began hearing closing arguments in the case on Wednesday.
“I’m here speaking on behalf of 130 million consumers who live in these states,” Glenn Pomerantz, a lawyer for the states, said at the outset of his argument. “If this merger goes forward, they’re at risk for paying billions of dollars more every single year for those…
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