New York will not appeal T-Mobile-Sprint merger ruling


The T-Mobile-Sprint merger already got one bit of good news recently when a judge denied an attempt by a group of state attorneys general to block the deal, and now some more favorable news has come out.

New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed today that she will not pursue an appeal of the judge’s ruling in the T-Mobile-Sprint lawsuit. Instead, James hopes to work with the carriers to get consumers the best price and service possible and to get networks built throughout New York.

“I’d like to thank California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the 12 additional attorneys general from around the nation for their partnership throughout this lawsuit,” James said. “After a thorough analysis, New York has decided not to move forward with an appeal in this case.”

“Instead, we hope to work with all the parties to ensure that consumers get the best pricing and service possible, that networks are built out throughout our state, and that good-paying jobs are created here in New York. We are gratified that this process has yielded commitments from T-Mobile to create jobs in Rochester and engage in robust national diversity initiatives that will connect our communities with good jobs and technology.”

James was one of the leaders of the lawsuit against T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger, alongside California AG Xavier Becerra.

The news that James will not pursue an appeal is good for T-Mobile and Sprint, though the merger isn’t a lock to happen quite yet. It’s possible that Becerra and the other states could still appeal the judge’s ruling.

Additionally, the merger must still be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission and complete a Tunney Act review for antitrust concerns. All that said, we’re sure that T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dish Network are still happy to hear that one of the leaders of the lawsuit against the merger has opted not to appeal.

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