AT&T said on Thursday This particular had hired prominent media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to serve as lead trial counsel if the U.S. Justice Department files a lawsuit to block the No. 2 U.S. wireless company’s acquisition of media in addition to entertainment company Time Warner.
Petrocelli, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, has represented Walt Disney in addition to Time Warner inside past. Last year, he defended then-presidential candidate Donald Trump against fraud lawsuits related to real estate seminars known as Trump University.
The Justice Department is usually required to file an antitrust lawsuit as soon as This particular week to block the $85.4 billion AT&T deal.
The department has approached 18 state attorneys general to try to win their support for a lawsuit, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.