TWX/T: Parties Signal Limited Pretrial Disputes at Status Hearing

Event Driven Takeaways

  • Today, March 2, the parties appeared before Judge Richard Leon in a status conference approximately two weeks ahead of trial.
  • Counsel for the DOJ and for the companies signaled ongoing cooperation on various issues. Both sides indicated very limited, if any, pretrial motions.
  • No final pretrial conference date was set at today’s hearing, but Judge Leon expects that the parties will work out final pretrial issues the week of March 12 and will potentially use March 19 - the first day of trial - to address any final issues, if necessary.

Today, March 2, AT&T, Time Warner, and the DOJ appeared before US District Court Judge Leon in a routine status conference leading up to the trial over the proposed transaction. The parties signaled ongoing cooperation on disputed issues. Judge Leon commended the parties for their cooperation on these issues, which has allowed the case to progress efficiently. Judge Leon asked the parties about whether they anticipated filing any pretrial motions. DOJ’s counsel, Craig Conrath, indicated that the agency is unlikely to file any pretria