California Attorneys General Becerra, NY James Begin Trial in Lawsuit Challenging Proposed Sprint, T-Mobile Merger

California and New York lead a coalition of 14 attorneys general

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.NewsCalifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued the following statements on the first day of trial in the states’ lawsuit challenging the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile:

“Today we stand on the side of meaningful competition and affordable options for consumers,” said Attorney General Becerra.  “Our airwaves belong to the public, who are entitled to more, not less.  This merger would hurt the most vulnerable people among us – leaving consumers with fewer choices and higher prices.  We’re fighting in court with a 14-state strong coalition for them, and for all Americans, and we’re confident the law is on our side.”

“The megamerger of T-Mobile and Sprint would reduce competition in the mobile marketplace and be bad for consumers, bad for workers, and bad for innovation,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.  “We simply must protect consumers from unchecked corporate dominance and make sure competition in the marketplace yields better outcomes for cell phone customers and workers alike.  I want to personally thank California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the 12 other attorneys general from Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia for their vital partnership in this lawsuit, and want to thank the dedicated team of lawyers that have worked tirelessly on this case.”