United States v. AT&T

September 27, 2018
The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit in United States v. AT&T Inc, a case concerning the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.  The amicus brief takes no position on the merits of the district court's decision regarding the merger. It argues that the district court erred in denying AT&T’s motion for discovery on its selective enforcement defense and that the district court’s ruling could bar discovery in other cases involving news media organizations even where there is strong evidence of discriminatory intent. The brief highlights the extraordinary context in which this case arises, including attacks by President Trump on CNN and other news organizations, and argues that there was sufficient evidence to permit discovery in this case.