T-Mobile Merger Approval Violated Every Last One Of the DOJ's Updated 'Antitrust Principles' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

T-Mobile Merger Approval Violated Every Last One Of the DOJ's Updated 'Antitrust Principles'

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice issued a new, "modernized" merger remedies manual that's supposed to dictate agency behavior as it ponders approving, denying, or applying conditions to major U.S mergers. Superficially, many of the changes outlined in the document make perfect sense. For example, the new breakdown dictates that any merger remedies (including blocking deals outright) should do most of the things you'd expect, such as preserving competition:

Remedies must preserve competition.
Remedies should not create ongoing government regulation of the market.
Temporary relief should not be used to remedy persistent competitive harm.
The remedy should preserve competition, not protect competitors.
The risk of a failed remedy should fall on the merging parties, not on consumers.
The remedy must be enforceable.

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