The Justice Department even sued to block it, but Judge Leon saw things a bit differently.
Comcast is planning to offer a $60 billion all-cash offer, which would top Disney's $52.4 billion all-stock offer for a majority of 21st Century Fox. With AT&T's victory over the DOJ, it seems likely that Comcast will put together its bid for Fox quickly. Online companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have emerged as alternatives to the cable industry both distributing and creating their own content.
In making that ruling, Leon reaffirmed the judiciary's traditional tolerance for "vertical integration" - the technical term for mergers between companies that operate related, but distinct, businesses.
A Comcast had no comment on Tuesday night.
Notably, the ruling does not require AT&T to divest any assets of Time Warner to complete the transaction.
The AT&T logo on a retail store. However, now that the AT&T deal has been approved by a federal judge, there is precedent for such a deal and Comcast believes it won't be blocked.
AT&T and Time Warner are not competitors; theirs would be a "vertical integration" of complementary companies: Time Warner makes the TV shows (and movies and news programming and so forth), while AT&T offers the satellite and cable TV services and mobile phone systems on which people consume such content.
The Justice Department charged that AT&T was buying Time Warner so the carrier could charge its competitors more to carry CNN, HBO and National Basketball Association games on TNT, or maybe even cut them off altogether to make its own distribution services more popular.
"Consumers may not notice the difference if this one deal goes through because they are already getting crushed in the marketplace", added Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard Law School and author of Captive Audience on the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger.
"Compare today to the 50s or 60s when we had three television stations and you had one AT&T that was, then, protected by government monopoly", Crews said. The Justice Department "did a good job just focusing on this merger. and how it would be abusive, not just how bad".
AT&T argued that its proposed acquisition of Time Warner is a defensive move against the increasing threat of internet TV services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube.
"We are pleased that, after conducting a full and fair trial on the merits, the Court has categorically rejected the government's lawsuit to block our merger with Time Warner", AT&T General Counsel David McAtee said.
While the motive behind the challenge to AT&T's deal may never be known, Blair said politicizing the process would be "extremely unsafe for the country".
It's also worth noting that President Trump has been publicly opposed to the deal since he was on the campaign trail.
Weinstein was indicted and charged with rape in the first and third degree and a first-degree criminal sexual act last month. Rose McGowan is potentially facing a year in prison after being indicted by a grand jury for cocaine possession.
The three proposed states are split fairly evenly by population, but differ in terms of median income and leading industry. An April poll from Survey USA found that voters were not in favor of splitting the state by a margin of 4 to 1 .
It is found naturally in Africa's savannah region, and outside the continent in tropical areas to which it was introduced. Whatever the cause, these mysterious deaths will have a big impact on the southern African landscape.
Pre-summit reports from the White House suggested that the president even considered skipping the summit altogether. "He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council, agreed on CNN .
After they left the auto , they confronted driver Ahmad El Boutari about it and he said that they were being "disrespectful". Normally private, they say they now plan to attend the city's June 24 Pride parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. About 29,000 USA soldiers are based in the South, under a security agreement reached after the war ended in 1953.
Companions may be temporary sidekicks as they were in The Witcher 3 , or they may be more permanent like they were in Fallout 4. Dialogue options are also included, and you'll be able to level up something called "Street Cred" as you progress.
Trump and Kim were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks - but to far different receptions. "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", he tweeted .
With the extradition now complete, Martinelli's case will now move forward in the Panamanian legal system. He has denied accusations of embezzlement and illegally monitoring phone calls and other communications.
Billy McFarland - the entrepreneur behind the controversial Fyre Festival - faces new charges of wire fraud and money laundering. MacFarland was charged Tuesday in NY with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
Prince Harry gives Meghan Markle some royal pointers
For Meghan, Thursday's royal "away-day" will be her first full working day as a member of the royal family and an HRH. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.
What's next for LeBron James?
After the game, LeBron called Durant's three an "assassin play". "What happened? Self-inflicted, postgame after Game 1". Durant played 312 possessions, over the course of which he held his matchups to a combined 33-of-65 (50.7 percent).
NCAA eases up on Division I football redshirt restrictions
Miami Athletic Director Blake James , the Division I Council Chair, said it's a move that will benefit both players and coaches. That idea has fallen off the table amid concerns about creating an inequitable system that could face legal challenges.
Eid-il-Fitr: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays
A meal named the Suhoor is eaten before daybreak, and a meal called the Iftar will be partaken immediately after sunset. Depending on when Eid begins, Shawwal 3 will either coincide with Sunday, June 17, or Monday, June 18.
Everyone gets free Taco Bell today
The Golden State Warriors accomplished that twice against the Cleveland Cavaliers on their way to another championship. In past years, Taco Bell has held a similar "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion during the World Series.
Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm
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Kitchen Towels Are Source of Possibly Pathogenic Bacteria
This bacterium , as well as coliforms, were also more likely to reside on towels used by families with non-vegetarian diets. Repeated use of tea towels in the kitchen could be putting families at risk of food poisoning , according to new research.