The Justice Department intends to bring in an outside trial lawyer to work on the lawsuit it filed attempting to block AT&T Inc.’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., Bloomberg reported.
The department is likely to hire Glenn Pomerantz, a Los Angeles-based partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, the news service reported, quoting two sources, who cautioned that the deal has not been finalized.
Hiring Pomerantz is an indication that DOJ officials are preparing for trial and not negotiating a settlement, said Bert Foer, president of the American Antitrust Institute.
Pomerantz was named one of the top 40 entertainment lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its 2010 “Who’s Who in L.A. Law,” according to the profile, for winning a preliminary injunction prohibiting software company RealNetworks Inc. from distributing products that copy DVDs.
RealNetworks settled with the studios by agreeing to a permanent injunction and reimbursement of the studios’ attorney fees.