Sprint Nextel Ordered to Surrender More Documents in AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
Published on: 8th Nov 2011
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USA based Sprint Nextel which is currently suing to block the AT&T T Mobile merger has been ordered to hand over internal documents to AT&T's defense team.
The company was instructed to hand over any documents to AT&T that it hasn't already handed to the Justice Department -- which is also seeking the block the merger. The documents include the impact of the iPhone sales at Sprint Nextel. Several companies have argued that the merged companies could hinder their ability to secure access to popular smartphones.
The documents given to the Justice Department are understood to predate the launch of the iPhone by Sprint Nextel.
"AT&T is entitled to discover what effect the iPhone and other events of the past few months have had on Sprint's relevant market share, a part of the government's" case, Special Master Richard Levie said.
There are a further 29 requests in dispute between the companies, including 11 requests for updates on documents previously provided to the Justice Department.
The company has also been ordered to send copies of the documents being handed to AT&T to the telecoms regulator, the FCC, which is carrying out its own investigation into the planned merger.
AT&T recently said that the completion of the deal could be delayed by up to three months as the regulatory investigation takes longer than originally anticipated. If approved, the deal should be completed by the middle of next year.