AT&T wins $25M antitrust lawsuit over DirecTVs video acquisition
Posted On July 3, 2021
AT&t Inc. won a $25 million antitrust lawsuit against DirecTv, alleging that the satellite television provider acquired DirecTS video and internet service without competitive bidding.
The case was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday, and the verdicts will be reported by the court on Friday.
DirecTV had sued AT&ts last year, arguing that the cable provider had acquired the Direc TV network in an illegal transaction.
AT&Ts lawyers claimed that the purchase was motivated by AT&TS desire to acquire the DiremTV network for Direc’s video service.
The lawsuit alleged that AT&ters “engaged in a pattern of unlawful conduct” and that the companies “intentionally engaged in conduct that deprived Direc of competitive advantage.”
Direcom, a subsidiary of AT&tw, said in a statement that it is pleased the court “found that AT &ts conduct was not in violation of the Sherman Act.”
The antitrust suit was filed by the American Federation of Television and Telecommunications Assn.
and the International Federation of Cable and Telecommunications Companies.
The AT&ter complaint against Direcom also said that ATters “will seek to hold AT&tm liable for the fraudulent conduct of AT &t’s affiliates and other defendants.”
Dirtbox, a service that allows users to stream live video on their smartphones, is owned by ATter.