Oregon joins lawsuit against T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Oregon joins lawsuit against T-Mobile-Sprint merger
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Oregon is the latest state to join a growing coalition suing to block the T-Mobile–Sprint merger in defiance of federal regulators who signed off on the deal this year.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) announced on Monday that her office would be joining 14 other states and the District of Columbia in suing to stop the $26 billion deal.

"It’s important that Oregon join other states in opposing the Sprint-T-Mobile merger,” Rosenblum said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the current plan will result in reduced access to affordable wireless service in Oregon — and higher prices. Neither is acceptable.”

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The move comes weeks after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton became the first Republican to join the lawsuit.

The case is a last-ditch effort to block the merger now that the two federal agencies tasked with reviewing it — the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice — both gave their blessing.

In order to gain approval for combining two of the nation's four major wireless carrier, T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to sell off some of its assets to the satellite television company Dish so that it can build a new wireless competitor.