AT&T Customers Sue to Halt T-Mobile Merger Bid: Video
It seems that some of AT&T’s own customers aren’t too happy with the planned acquisition of T-Mobile and a group of lawyers have filed arbitration cases on behalf of those AT&T customers in a bid to put a halt to the merger deal. Apparently the legal firm has set up a website called “Fight the Merger” and has plans to file more arbitrations cases.
According to an article over on AllThingsD, law firm Bursor & Fisher based in New York, have filed a 236-page arbitration demand claiming that the AT&T — T-Mobile merger is in violation of the Clayton Antitrust Act.
Scot Bursor, an attorney at Bursor & Fisher says, “Government enforcement is an important part of the antitrust laws, but the Clayton Act also permits private parties who may be adversely affected to challenge a proposed merger. That means any AT&T cellphone, data or iPad customer who will suffer higher prices and diminished service because of this merger can sue to stop it from happening.”
Bursor also said to AllThingsD, “If we bring 100 cases and we lose 99 of them we are going to win. We just need one arbitrator to say, ‘Wait a minute, this merger is going to hurt competition.’”
Currently the law firm has filed arbitration cases for eleven AT&T customers, but expects to file hundreds more as although the standard contract terms on AT&T prevent class-action lawsuits, said terms does allow for arbitration and at AT&T’s expense.
Apparently when contacted, an AT&T rep wasn’t available to comment. However what we do have for those that may be interested in the AT&T T-Mobile merger, but aren’t too clear on their rights if they wish to fight said merger deal, is a video of attorney Scott Bursor explaining your right to fight the merger.
The video below lasts almost three and a half minutes and lets you know what you can do if you are an AT&T customer that is against the merger, so if you are then check out the footage below.
It seems somewhat strange to me that such a large company as AT&T can actually deny a customer the right to sue them in and court for any reason, but then we are dealing with US law here and not UK so I guess it works differently over the pond, while over here I’m pretty sure putting that in a contract would violate a persons consumer rights, but there you go.
Anyway, it does appear that AT&T isn’t going to have an easy time of acquiring T-Mobile, and I’m sure that this battle will continue for a lot longer yet, who will be victorious I don’t know, but it is becoming clear that not all are happy with the planned merger.